Smallville: Season 1, Episode 2

Metamorphosis (23 Oct. 2001)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance
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Teenager Greg Arkin, who lives alone with his mother Mrs. Arkin, collects insects in his home. After arguing with his mother, he puts the insects in his car and has an accident on the road,... See full summary »


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Greg Arkin / Bug Boy (as Chad E. Donella)
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Teenager Greg Arkin, who lives alone with his mother Mrs. Arkin, collects insects in his home. After arguing with his mother, he puts the insects in his car and has an accident on the road, and is attacked by the insects. He has a metamorphosis, becoming a powerful insect. He kills his mother and he chooses Lana Lang to be his mate for procreation purposes. In the end, Clark saves Lana from Greg's cocoon. Written by Jessica, Seattle WA

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23 October 2001 (USA)  »

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The WB placed a full season order after this episode aired over their initial ordering of 13 episodes. See more »


Clark's hair goes from long to short and back to long as Clark, Pete and Chloe talk about Greg's tree fort. See more »


Lex Luthor: If you hadn't pulled him out of that truck, your problems would be solved.
[Clark looks at him]
Lex Luthor: I'm kidding of course. Don't worry, Clark. I've got your Trojan horse.
[he takes the box with Lana's necklace in it off the fireplace; he opens it and Clark backs away]
Lex Luthor: Clark, you okay?
Clark Kent: Yeah, I'm fine.
[Lex closes the box and Clark's pain stops]
Clark Kent: That's a cool box. What's it made of?
Lex Luthor: Lead. My mother bought it in a Kasban in Morocco. A little guy told her it was made from the armor of St. George, the ...
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Indicates the new direction of young Superman
2 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Metamorphosis" indicates that "Smallville" is going to be much more of a supernatural take than we've seen in the life of teenaged Clark Kent. This show conveys that is the idea: citizens of the town mutated produces dramatic repercussions and drives the induced citizens often into mind warp.

A young bug collector finds that his insects are induces by a strange sort of glowing-green toxin, found on their bodies and on the rocks on which the insects live. The toxin causes the insects to go haywire on the boy, causing the boy to live and think like an insect. For the second time ever, Clark Kent saves the day, a scene seen many times to come.

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