Smallville (2001–2011)
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When Coach Walt's football legacy is threatened by a cheating scandal, the coach entices Clark onto the team. Kryptonite in the coach's sauna infects him with the ability to generate fire, and his enemies start getting burned.


Greg Beeman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Eric Johnson ... Whitney Fordman
Sam Jones III ... Pete Ross
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
John Schneider ... Jonathan Kent
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor
Jason Connery ... Dominic Senatori
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Nell Potter
Hiro Kanagawa ... Principal H. James Kwan
David Paetkau ... Trevor Chapell
Dan Lauria ... Coach Walt Arnold
Allan Franz Allan Franz ... Football Player


The coach of the Smallville High School's football team "The Crows", the bossy and arrogant Walt Arnold (Dan Lauria) is close to his victory number 200 along twenty-five years of a successful career. He is exposed to burning kryptonite ore in the sauna, and achieves the power of burning whatever he wants. Principal James Kwan (Hiro Kanagawa) finds that seven athletes cheated in a mathematics test, and decides to punish the group by not permitting them to participate in the final game. Coach Walt retaliates by burning his car, and Mr. Kwan goes to the hospital. Meanwhile, Clark Kent is invited by Coach Arnold and decides to join the football team, against the will of his father Jonathan. When Arnold loses control of his power, Clark has to fight with him to save Jonathan and his friend Chloe Sullivan, the student reporter covering the team. Lana's relationship with Whitney continues to grow strained over his football practice taking up their time, leading her to quit cheer leading. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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First appearance in the series of Hiro Kanagawa as Principal Kwan. See more »


Near the beginning, Clark, Chloe, and Pete walk past Lana and Whitney. In the following exchange between Lana and Whitney, two cheerleaders suddenly appear behind them. They're gone again as Lana walks away. See more »


Clark Kent: Oh yeah. Joined the football team and poured some coffee. We're a couple of real rebels.
Lana Lang: Long live the revolution.
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Featured in Smallville: Blank (2005) See more »


Renegade Fighter
Performed by Zed
(played when they football players are practicing for their big game)
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9 August 2010 | by JeriqueSee all my reviews

As Smallville continues to impress, Clark continues to grow. In Hothead, Coach Walt (Dan Lauria) has developed an ability to control fire somewhat but can't control his temper. Clark joins the football team and puts a roadblock between himself and his dad. As Chloe becomes endangered and the school newspaper goes up in flames, Clark comes to the rescue only to be defeated swiftly by Coach Walt. As Jonathan Kent comes to help Clark, he regains his powers and destroys Coach Walt's legacy.

It's an interesting villain and the subplots of becoming something more than what your family expects is something really inspiring in this episode. I enjoy the episode a lot but it's not a favourite of mine. Perhaps the biggest cringe-worthy moment is the final few seconds of the episode when Clark and Lana just scream randomly. While it's supposed to be funny and adorable, it's just pathetic to me. I hate it when people say, "we should just scream," and then actually do it.

Aside from that, the visual effects are not quite up to par with the rest of the season's effects. You can clearly tell where the gasoline has been laid to rig the fire to begin burning. One of the upsides to the episode is the further development and a softer side seen from Lex Luthor. Where, you're not quite sure of him for a long time in the series, this episode shows that he's not completely evil as he doesn't want to fire twenty percent of his workers.

Special effects are still top notch, like for instance Clark's super-speed, super-strength and the explosions are great to watch. Watch Clark be engulfed in flames and wear a demonic face to stand against Coach Walt is nothing short of extraordinary or to watch him pull of the car door or break a window with such ease will definitely make you feel like a kid again and wishing for his superpowers.

There's nothing left out of this episode for anyone's desires. Action packed, thrilling and romantic at the greatest moments. It's an audience delight. A great episode indeed.

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30 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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