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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nell Potter (as Sarah Jane Redmond)
Jeremy Creek / The Electric Scarecrow (as Adrian McMorran)
Jade Unterman ...
Malkolm Alburquenque ...
Matthew Munn ...
Dee Jay Jackson ...


Clark Kent is no ordinary kid and he knows it. All he has ever wanted was to be normal. He can't go near the girl he has had a crush on for years. Then one day Lex Luthor hits something in the road and hits Clark. Clark saves him and soon finds out that he isn't just superhuman, he finds out he is actually an alien. Then things really get weird. This kid finally wakes up from a coma but has a grudge on all former football players. Then he decides to get revenge and stop it from happening again by killing the football players now. Can Clark save the football players? Written by Black Wolf

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16 October 2001 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In the scène where Clark is seen reading an article on his computer, the piece shown is about 'the fastest man alive'. Though there is not a name it is a hint to the Flash. See more »


When Jonathan lectures Clark about the danger of accepting gifts from Luthers, the key he twirls is a GM truck key, not a Ford truck key. See more »


Jeremy Creek: Who are you? Where am I?
Clark Kent: I'm Clark Kent. And you're in Smallville.
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Featured in Smallville: Finale (2011) See more »


Performed by Embrace
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The Superman saga begins
6 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the pilot of Smallville. I think that more TV studios should do more origin stories of superheroes. Smallville was on for 10 years so obviously origin stories do b=very well. Tom Welling was a very good choice to play Clark Kent/Superman. I also read that Jensen Ackles was the runner up to play Superman if Tom Welling had turned it down. Now both are excellent actors so I wouldn't favor one over the other.

The entire pilot in my opinion was perfect. What a great introduction with the meteor shower and giving the viewers a glimpse into the majority of the characters. Even within the first few minutes, Lionel Luthor is evil and cunning. He is definitely going to change Lex Luthor into the arch nemesis we all know.

The meteor shower were very good special effects for 2001. Smallville will never be the same after that event. When the meteor shower is all done with many losses, we get introduced to the man of the show. Clark Kent.

12 years later, Clark is now in high school and trying to be "normal" among his friends and high school in general. I also loved how the writers put the first encounter between Lex and Clark in the pilot. I won't say anything about the encounter but here on out, there'll only be more downs in their relationship than ups.

I like the high school crush on Lana Lang side storyline. She's apparently the hottest girl in school but I do agree with a lot of people that Chloe is better looking than Lana. Chloe also has a crush on Clark only known to Pete who is also Clark's friend. We all know from the comics, Clark ends up with Lois Lane but in the meantime he's gotta work on other girls right?

We also get introduced to the whole MOTW (Monster of the Week) type episodes as Clark faces off against a guy who is infused with electricity and gets revenge against the football team members back before the meteor shower who strung him up in the cornfield as a scarecrow. He got his powers from the material inside the meteors. Chloe also introduces the Wall of Weird which will be a major thing throughout their high school years.

There is an amazing amount of chemistry between all the actors and actresses on Smallville. It feels like they all want to be on this show. This is why Smallville lasted 10 years.

I will be reviewing the second episode once I finish it. Thank you everyone involved with Smallville for making this show and making it last this long.

Smallville rules!

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