Smallville: Season 1, Episode 2

Metamorphosis (23 Oct. 2001)

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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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Episode cast overview:
Greg Arkin / Bug Boy (as Chad E. Donella)
Mrs. Arkin


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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This episode has occasionally been stitched up with the pilot to form a feature-length episode. This has led to some people noticing a continuity error in the length of Tom Welling's hair as the actor had about five inches cut off in between the two episodes. Welling had to wear hair extensions for most of his close-ups. See more »


When Greg crashes his Bug into a utility pole, the sound effects are that of a radiator hissing and the engine stalling. The engine to a VW bug is located in the back of the car, the front is merely a trunk of sorts. See more »


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Lex Luthor: You were tied to a stake in the middle of a field. Even the Romans saved that for special occasions. You could have died out there.
Clark Kent: I appreciate your help. I just want to forget it ever happened.
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Loving the slow build up for this first season
7 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just like I said in the pilot review, this series is really coming together as a great origin story for Clark Kent/Superman. I like Clark having to use his powers to save Smallville from meteor infected citizens as he does in this one. The villain in this episode is a "bug boy".

This episode has a lot of relationship building with Clark/Lana, Clark/Pete/Chloe, Clark/Lex, Clark/Jonathan, and Clark/Martha. Lex and Lana both meet for the first time and build their relationship for the first time. This episode also tells how Clark saves people but never receives credit for what he does! He is the ultimate anonymous hero.

Funny moments with Clark saying he's afraid of heights. Haha...

Lex Luthor is a good person. I can only wait till they start to take his character to the heights he is supposed to be.

Chloe is really a cute journalist.

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