Smallville: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (16 Oct. 2001)

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Baby Clark (Kal-El) arrives on Earth. Teen Clark starts high school, saves Lex's life after a car accident, and finds out about his past and birth parents.

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On October 7, 1989, a meteor shower falls in the town of Smallville, Kansas, killing numerous dwellers and destroying properties and plantations. Farmer Jonathan Kent and his wife Martha Kent are found by a baby boy in a destroyed cornfield after crashing their car. They find his spacecraft, and they adopt him. 12 years later, while in high school, the shy teenager Clark Kent has a crush on his neighbor Lana Lang, the cheerleader girlfriend of football player Whitney Fordman. Clark has two great friends, Chloe Sullivan and Pete Ross. He meets and saves Lex Luthor from a car accident, in which the future super-hero and future super-villain become fast friends. Lex runs a fertilizer company under the guidance of his ruthless, megalomaniac, billionaire father, Lionel, who resides in the nearby city of Metropolis. Later, Jonathan tells Clark his origins from the outer space, and Clark finds his weakness with close exposure to meteor rocks (kryptonite), especially when Lana wears a ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The pilot was shot over a period of 16 days with an additional 5 days spent on 2nd unit. See more »

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When Lex pulls up to the Luthor plant in his car, he opens the door and is getting out, but the windshield wipers are still in motion. See more »

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Jonathan Kent: Are you okay?
Clark Kent: Can I answer that in about five years?
Jonathan Kent: Yeah.
Clark Kent: Dad I'm glad you and mom are the ones that found me.
Jonathan Kent: We didn't find you, Clark, you found us.
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Inside the Memories
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Performed by Fear the Clown
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Great Start to the Origins of Superman!
9 August 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When it comes to comic books, I'm not really a big fan of Superman's story. I felt the same way about the character much like Seth Cohen from The O.C., did about him; too perfect. It wasn't till I caught the eighth season of Smallville that my opinion began to change.

In the pilot of Smallville, we're brought to the aforementioned fictional town where a bunch of meteor rocks come falling down from the sky with Superman coming with his spaceship. After landing and found by the Kents, we flashforward to the present time where Clark (Tom Welling) has grown into a strapping young adolescent attending high school.

We're are quickly introduced to Clark's world of friends, Chloe (Allison Mack), Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), and Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum). Chloe is fascinated by the weirdness that surrounds Smallville thanks to the meteor rocks, Lana lost her parents in the meteor showers, and Lex has become bald.

As Clark struggles to find a normalcy in high school, he befriends Lex after being hit at sixty miles an hour and saving his life. Without the special effects, visual effects and more to add to the story, the actors are phenomenal and come into their own. Tom Welling has an amazing ability to play Clark and it shows when he has scenes of no words at all and he is forced to face-act.

However, I can't review the show's first episode without mentioning the special effects. Showing Clark using super-speed and super-strength is beyond cool. It's absolutely astounding and incredible to watch. Of course in 2001, the special effects weren't as good as they are now, but for their time they were quite mesmerizing. The visual effects are a treasure as well, such as when Clark is hit by a car and has no harm to him or when Clark shoves his hand into a tree grinder and has no scratches on him. The costumes and having Clark wear only red or blue are quite gorgeous too.

The pilot of Smallville packs just about everything into it. There's something for everyone, whether you're all about the romance (Clark being in love with Lana, or Chloe in love with Clark), action (Clark showing off his superpowers), or just plain a drama fanatic (as the plot grips on you from the start). It's the kind of show that you have to let marinate and grow on you. But just because you don't like the character of Superman or perhaps you don't like comic books, doesn't mean you shouldn't give Smallville a glance. It's supremely impressive if it can change my opinion of the character and become my favourite show.


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