Clark meets a young man with a power of speed that exceeds his own, but the boy lacks responsibility for his actions. Also, Lex finds a manuscript that appears to be some sort of Kryptonian map.



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Lionel Luthor (credit only)
Hanison (as Benjamin Ratner)
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While in Metropolis with Clark, Jonathan Kent is saved from an uncontrolled truck by a very fast teenager, Bart Allen (who will later become the superhero, 'The Flash'), who also pickpockets his wallet. When they arrive back in Kent Farm, Bart is there waiting for Clark where he confides in Bart the Flash about his powers. Bart and Clark become fast friends while Clark tries to persuade Bart to give up his quick and easy life of crime before it gets him in real trouble. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor buys a worthy manuscript with inscriptions in kryptonian, and he shows the unique document to Clark. But when Bart the Flash finds out, he decides to steal it to sell to a powerful mobster willing to pay a huge sum for the artifact. Also, Lana discloses the secret of her tattoo to her boyfriend Jason. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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20 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Jonathan Kent: Hey, Clark. Just in time, son. Your mom's working late again, so I thought maybe we'd have guys' night. You know, catch up on the highlights of the game we missed.
Clark Kent: I saw something at Lex's, dad. It was a page from an old manuscript, and it had Kryptonian symbols on it.
Jonathan Kent: Kryptonian symbols? Were you able to read 'em?
Clark Kent: It had a message, repeated over and over: "Look deeper". I used my x-ray vision and I saw a map hidden underneath.
Jonathan Kent: A map? A map to what?
Clark Kent: I don't know, dad, but I think it has ...
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Introducing Flash... er, Bart Allen
5 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first DC Comics superhero besides Clark is in town in this great "Smallville" episode.

Clark and his father Jonathan are headed to the Sharks football game in Metropolis when a boy seemingly as fast as Clark steals Jonathan's wallet with the tickets, but saves him from getting hit by a car at the same time. Clark tries to discover who the boy is before they report the incident to the police. Clark finds Bart Allen, who uses his superspeed to steal others' things, including Jonathan's credit card for an apartment and living expenses. In fact, Bart has gone under other names such as Barry Allen or Wally West to conceal his thievery. Meanwhile, Lex, in his attempt to no longer be secretive but honest with Clark in an attempt to mend their friendship, shows Clark a 14th century manuscript from Russia, with in fact a map underneath that leads to an archive of unimaginable knowledge. Lex tells Clark that the Russian ruler Rasputin would spend hours looking at the manuscript, never able to find the map.

This episode is great for two reasons: first, that Clark meets another future superhero, and not just a meteor freak. Clark realizes that there are other people out there like him, and Bart's arrival reminds Clark that he does have a greater calling to to the gift of his abilities. Second, the map, containing Kryptonian symbols, leading to the mysterious archive of knowledge, is interesting.

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