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"Smallville" Pilot (TV Episode 2001) Poster

(TV Series)

(2001)

Trivia

Lex Luthor was 9 years old at the time of the meteor shower (1989), making him 21 as of this episode.
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Michael Rosenbaum was only cast about a week before production began.
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The scene showing Clark Kent "crucified" in a cornfield, wearing nothing but boxer shorts, was shot on such a chilly night that Tom Welling's breath can clearly be seen in the air. A tight shooting schedule prevented any delay in the shooting. Producers called Welling "a real trooper" for filming this scene under these conditions.
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When this pilot episode first aired in the US on the WB network, it ran for 70 minutes. However, a large number of fans had set their VCR timers to run for just an hour so the network was inundated with complaints from people who had missed the last 10 minutes. A shorter version now exists.
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Lionel Luthor is reading a newspaper which shows a headline about "Queen Industries" which, in the D.C. Comics, is owned by Oliver Queen, a.k.a. the Green Arrow. In the sixth season, Justin Hartley joined the cast as Oliver Queen.
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Lana picks up a book that Clark has dropped. The book is on philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche developed the concept of the superman.
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Lex Luthor should be 21 years old, and Clark should be 14, but the actors representing them are 29 (Michael Rosenbaum) and 24 (Tom Welling) years old, making them 8-10 years older than the characters they are playing.
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This episode broke The WB's record for number of viewers for a debut series.
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Chloe hands Pete Ross a wad of cash. Most likely an in-joke from the Canadian production crew, if you look carefully, you can see a Canadian $5 bill sticking out of it.
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Director David Nutter was given 16 days to make the pilot - twice the usual amount of time it takes to shoot an episode. Despite this, he still came perilously close to overrunning.
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Kristin Kreuk was the first person cast.
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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.
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The pilot episode is sometimes merged with the second episode Metamorphisis and aired as a feature length movie in syndication.
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Jeremy Creek/"The Scarecrow" is loosely based on the DC Comics villain Conduit.
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Cynthia Ettinger was originally cast as Martha Kent. Before the pilot was broadcast, the role was re-cast with Annette O'Toole and her scenes were edited into the existing footage.
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This episode takes place on October 7, 1989 and from October 3 to October 7, 2001.
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The car that Lex drove off the bridge is a Porsche 911 SC.
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In the opening scene during the meteor shower outside of a store there is a childs quarter Superman helicopter ride with the "S" shield on the window being visible.
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The pilot was shot over a period of 16 days with an additional 5 days spent on 2nd unit.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When Clark is on the banks of the river he has a red blanket on his back mimicking the cape often associated with Superman whom he will one day grow up to be.
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