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"Pilot" is the first episode in the first season of Smallville, and first episode overall. It aired on October 16, 2001.


The first (and pilot) episode of Smallville tells the story of the 1989 meteor shower in Smallville, Kansas and its meteor rock effects on the small town. Clark Kent is adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent after they discover him as a young boy in Riley Corn Field. Years later, while already understanding he is different than others, Smallville High student Clark Kent begins his journey towards his destiny. He begins discovering new abilities and strengths, which he uses to save the life of billionaire, Lex Luthor. The pilot introduces the first of many meteor infected victims, Jeremy Creek, who had been tied to a post in Riley Cornfield as the traditional Smallville Scarecrow during the 1989 meteor shower.


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A tiny spaceship heads towards Earth.

On October 7, 1989, a meteor shower flies through space towards Earth with a small spaceship among the meteors. Meanwhile, wealthy businessman Lionel Luthor and his 9-year-old son Lex Luthor are flying in their helicopter to a factory in Smallville. Young Lex is scolded by his father for expressing his fear of heights, later finding relief when they land.

Young farmer couple Jonathan and Martha Kent take a trip into town, visiting florist shop owner Nell Potter and her three-year-old niece Lana Lang. Nell is looking after Lana whilst her niece's parents are attending the Smallville High School Homecoming football game. Jonathan buys flowers whilst Martha makes a wish to Lana, who is dressed up in a fairy princess costume. After leaving Nell's flower shop, Martha reveals her wish for a child. The couple notices the Homecoming parade coming down the road; the Smallville Crows have scored another victory. The two then make their way back to their farm.

As the meteors gets closer to Earth, Lionel Luthor is in the middle of a business deal to buy the land from Dale and Bill Ross of the Ross Creamed Corn Factory, whilst a bored Lex wanders off into Riley Field. Lex hears someone whisper "help me." He runs in a panic, stumbles to the ground, and looks up to find a stripped 14-year-old Jeremy Creek, who is tied to a cross in the cornfield as the "Scarecrow" with an "S" painted on his chest.


The first meteor shower devastates the town.

Suddenly, a meteor hits the cornfield and creates a shockwave, seemingly swallowing Jeremy and Lex. In town, the citizens gawk at the destructive trail of the meteor that hit Riley Field. More meteors hit the town, including one that kills Lana's parents, Lewis and Laura Lang. The barrage of meteors leaves a path of destruction in its wake. Jonathan and Martha are caught in the madness when their pickup truck gets overturned by one of the meteors.

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The Kents find a little boy and take him home.

Lionel races into Riley Field calling Lex's name and finds him lying in the cornfield. Lionel backs away in horror, as the shockwave has left Lex bald with the remaining patches of red hair falling off his head. Meanwhile, hanging upside down in their toppled truck, the Kents are approached by a naked young boy. After getting out of the truck, they search nearby for the boy's parents, only to find a black spaceship laying among some wreckage. Seemingly, this young boy is not of this planet. The Kents decide to keep the boy and name him Clark.

12 years later[]

In 2001, Smallville is now the "Meteor Capital of the World" with a population of 45,001. The 14-year-old Clark Kent is now a Smallville High School freshman. He super speed-reads internet articles on his home computer, searching for people with apparent superhuman abilities. After being called down to breakfast by Martha, he tries to convince his parents to allow him to play football at Smallville High. Cautious of his growing abilities, Jonathan refuses to sign the permission slip, fearing he will accidentally hurt the other student players. After leaving the Kent farm, Clark misses the school bus.

On the bus, Clark's best friends Pete Ross and Chloe Sullivan discuss how Clark is always late. Chloe hears a noise on the roof. Pete says she is imagining it, but the noise is revealed to be Clark using his super-speed to run through a cornfield short cut and jump on top of the bus. After arriving at school, Pete asks Chloe if she is going to the Homecoming dance and, if she is, whether she is planning on going with Clark. She defensively deny having a crush on Clark. Pete asks her to go with him instead - "just as friends."

Chloe and Pete bump into Clark, who makes up a last-minute excuse for arriving before they do, leaving Chloe perplexed. Clark tells Pete that he cannot sign up for the football team. Chloe is surprised that the two want to join the team. The boys explain that they are trying to avoid becoming this year's Scarecrow, as part of the annual prank by the Smallville High football team. Every year, they choose a freshman, strip him down to his underwear, and tie him to a cross like a scarecrow in Riley Field (young Lex ran into the victim of this prank during the 1989 meteor shower). Clark notices Lana and walks up to her, only to feel physically ill. He falls over in pain at the sight of Lana's greenstone necklace. Chloe and Pete watch, noting that Clark cannot get within arm's length of his crush without turning into a klutz.

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Clark has a crush on Lana Lang.

Lana helps Clark pick up his books. Smallville High senior, star quarterback, and Lana's boyfriend Whitney Fordman arrives and kisses Lana. Whitney tells Clark he missed a book on the ground and tosses it to him, causing Clark to fall down again. Whitney and Lana leave to go to class.

Jeremy Creek, not having aged since the meteor shower 12 years ago, enters Smallville High. He gazes at the football trophy case, breaks it, and steals a picture of three smiling football players - the seniors that made him the Scarecrow during his freshman year.

On the other side of town, 21-year-old Lex Luthor arrives in Smallville to assume management of the Smallville branch of his father's company, a fertilizer plant on the site of the former Ross Creamed Corn factory. Lex sarcastically thanks his father under his breath.

At after-school football tryouts, Clark watches Lana practicing with the other cheerleaders. He daydreams about being the star quarterback and winning the game, only to be interrupted by Pete in a football uniform who, according to Clark, looks like "a tackling dummy."

Clark walks home, stopping by Loeb Bridge to think to himself. Behind him, a passing truck accidentally drops sharp debris from its back. Lex speeds toward the bridge as his cellular phone rings. Distracted, he does not notice the sharp debris that had fallen from the truck in front of him. Lex's tires blow out driving over the debris, and he loses control of his car. He sees Clark moments before the car hits him. Both go over Loeb Bridge into Elbow River. The impact knocks Lex unconscious. Clark swims toward him, rips the top off of his car, and pulls him out. He resuscitates Lex, who swears that he hit Clark, but Clark brushes the claim off. Jonathan arrives at the scene, relieved that Clark is safe. Lex introduces himself to Jonathan, but Jonathan refuses to shake his hand, instead telling him to drive slower in the future.

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Clark pulls Lex out of the river and revives him.

Later that night, Clark is in the loft of his parents' barn. Using his telescope, he sees Lana (who is also his neighbor) talking to Whitney. She mentions to Whitney that Clark saved Lex's life. She then gives him her necklace for good luck during the Homecoming game, since a scout from Metropolis will be there to watch the team play. Lana tells Whitney that her necklace is made from the meteor that killed her parents. "So much bad luck came from it, there must only be good luck left," she says.

That night at Frank's auto shop, Jeremy approaches Frank, who recognizes him as the Scarecrow that he and his former teammates chose 12 years ago. Frank tries to grab Jeremy but gets electrocuted and falls to the floor. He pleads with Jeremy that the Scarecrow prank was "just a game". Frank asks what he wants, to which Jeremy replies that he wants "to play." Jeremy then electrocutes Frank into a coma, shattering a nearby framed picture of Frank and two other teammates - Jeremy's next victims.

The next day, Clark arrives home from school and notices a brand new truck in the driveway. Martha tells him it is as a gift from Lex for saving his life and that Johnathan has the keys. However, Johnathan does not let Clark keep it due to an animosity he has towards the Luthors. He tells Clark that Lionel had previously sent their neighbors gifts, only to evict them from their land and use it to set up LuthorCorp factories. Jonathan reminds Clark that although Lex and Lionel are not necessarily the same person, the money Lex uses still comes from the immoral business practices that Lionel regularly partakes in. Jonathan says that it is normal for Clark to be upset, to which Clark turns on the wood chipper and sticks his hand inside to demonstrate that he is not "normal."

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Jonathan explains to Clark how they found him.

Jonathan, concerned, decides it is time to show Clark his origins, revealing a spaceship that the Kents have had hidden in the storm cellar for the past 12 years. Jonathan tells Clark that he arrived in it during the meteor shower. Clark is angry and says he should have told him sooner.


Clark stands in front of a statue angel, symbolizing his character

He runs away to be by himself and finds Lana in Smallville Cemetery. Lana confesses that she comes to the Cemetery to talk to her dead parents. Clark, now able to have his first real conversation with Lana since she lent Whitney her necklace earlier that day, relates to her experience of being an orphan. Clark walks Lana home and asks if she is going to the Homecoming dance. Lana says she is going with Whitney and asks if he is going with anyone. Clark says he is going to sit the dance out. Lana says if he changes his mind, she will save him a dance. She kisses him on the cheek and goes home. Whitney, standing nearby but unnoticed, watches the interaction.

The next day, Clark goes to Lex's mansion to return the keys to the truck he was gifted. He tells Lex he cannot keep the truck, and Lex realizes that this is because Jonathan does not like him. Clark tells him that Jonathan disapproves of what Lionel has done to the Smallville community. Lex says Johnathan is worried that the apple has not fallen far from the tree and that Lex might be like his father. Lex asks Clark if he thinks he is a bad person. Clark, still coming to terms with being an alien, says he better leave. Before he does, Lex asks Clark if he believes a man can fly. He tells Clark that after the bridge accident, his heart stopped and he had a vision of himself flying over Smallville. Lex then says he does not want anything to stand in the way of their friendship.

Meanwhile, Pete and Chloe are at the scene of a crime - a third former football player has been found in a coma. The two see Jeremy in the crowd that surrounds the crime scene. They realize that they have never seen Jeremy at school before and that he looks strange. They snap a picture of him and head to the office of the school newspaper, the Smallville Torch, of which Chloe is the editor. Joined by Clark, the three manage to find Jeremy in a 1989 school yearbook.


Clark, Chloe and Pete investigate for the paper.

The trio learn that Jeremy has been in a coma since the meteor shower and has not aged a day because he was suffering from an electrolyte imbalance. He had escaped from the hospital during a recent electrical storm and is now prowling around Smallville, electrocuting jocks and putting them into comas as revenge for choosing him as the annual Scarecrow. Clark doubts that such a thing is possible. Chloe shows him her "Wall of Weird" - a collection of articles about the strange goings-on in Smallville since the day of the meteor shower.

On the Wall of Weird, Clark sees young Lana pictured on a Time article about the meteor shower, her face distraught after having just watched her parents die. Clark pieces together that the same event that brought him to Earth killed Lana's parents. Believing he is to blame, he leaves, much to Pete and Chloe's confusion.


Clark becomes that year's "Scarecrow".

When Clark gets to the parking lot, Whitney grabs him, saying he has been chosen as this year's Scarecrow, angered after watching Lana kiss Clark on the cheek the night before. Clark cannot fight back since Whitney is now wearing Lana's necklace. Noticing Clark staring at the necklace, Whitney puts it on Clark, sarcastically noting that this will be the closest Clark will ever get to Lana from now on. Whitney and his fellow football players throw him in the back of their pickup truck. Jeremy, witnessing the conflict, follows them. Clark is strung up on a cross with an "S" painted on his chest in the middle of Riley Field.

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Jeremy finds Clark in the cornfield.

Jeremy finds Clark and realizes that this hazing ritual will never stop, despite punishing the former jocks as a warning to the current jocks. Clark asks Jeremy to free him, but he refuses, saying Clark will be safer in Riley Field. Clark realizes that Jeremy plans to go to the Homecoming dance and electrocute everyone there. As Jeremy leaves, Lex is drives by. Recognizing him from 12 years ago, Lex gets out of his car to investigate, but Jeremy slips away. Lex hears Clark cry for help and searches for him in the field. He quickly finds and unties Clark. Lana's necklace falls off in the commotion. Ignoring Lex's attempt to further help, Clark runs away, and Lex picks up the necklace.

Unknown to everyone inside the Homecoming dance, Jeremy is about to set off the sprinkler system to get them wet for electrocution. Clark shows up and tells him to stop. He tries to connect to Jeremy, telling him he understands his pain. Jeremy denies that he is in pain and points out that the Homecoming hazing needs to stop, and that punishing everyone inside is the only way to do that. When Clark moves to block him, Jeremy tries to electrocute him, only to discover that Clark is immune. Clark grabs and throws Jeremy away from the sprinklers. Clark warns him to give up, but Jeremy uses his electric powers to turn on the engine of a nearby maintenance truck. Jeremy tries to run Clark down with the truck, but Clark grabs onto it, causing Jermey to crash into a water main. As the cab of the truck fills with water, he short-circuits himself. Clark opens the door of the truck and notices that Jermey has turned back to his true age of 25, his powers are gone, and he has no memory of Clark. Clark introduces himself to Jermey and tells him he is in Smallville. Jeremy says that he just wants to go home. Clark nods.

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Clark stacks three pickup trucks.

Clark goes into the gym and watches Lana and Whitney dance after being crowned Homecoming King and Queen. Leaving in frustration, he sees Whitney's truck. After the dance ends, the students leave the gym and enter the parking lot, astonished to see the trucks belonging to Whitney and two other football players stacked on top of each other. Whitney is furious. In the background, Clark smiles and super-speeds away.

Back at his loft, Clark looks out into space through his telescope. Jonathan comes to the loft to talk to Clark, telling him that his father gave him that telescope when Jonathan was Clark's age. Clark is no longer angry and says he is glad the Kents are the ones that found him. Jonathan says the Kents did not find Clark; rather, Clark was the one who found the Kents.

Clark daydreams that Lana stops by and gives him the dance she promised him. As they dance, she asks him if everything is all right. He responds that it is perfect. The sound of a car horn jolts him back to reality, as he watches Lana being dropped off by classmates. He gazes at her and whispers, "Thanks for the dance, Lana." She turns, almost as if she heard him, then smiles to herself, and walks into her house. Clark remains looking out the window.



Special Guest Star[]

Guest Starring[]




Featured Music[]

Song Artist/Band Scene
"The Way It Is" Bruce Hornsby Played when Jonathan and Martha Kent stop by Nell's flower shop in 1989.
"Long Way Around" Eagle Eye Cherry Played when introduced to the Kent farm in present-day Smallville.
"Everywhere You Go" Stereoblis Played when Chloe, Pete, and Clark arrive at school.
"Unstoppable" The Calling Played when Lex Luthor is driving down the road about to hit Clark and drive off of the bridge.
"Wonder" Embrace Played when Clark looks at Lana and Whitney through his telescope.
"Inside The Memories" Fear The Clown Played when Jeremy Creek attacks the mechanic in the auto repair shop.
"Let's Go" Capitol Eye Played when Whitney picks Clark as the Scarecrow and the jocks throw him into the truck.
"Maybe" Stereophonics Played at the Homecoming dance, when Pete and Chloe, Lana and Whitney are dancing.
"Everything I Own" Jude Played at the Homecoming dance, when Clark looks in and sees Lana and Whitney dancing.
"Woodstock Alice" Paul Trudeau Played when Lana and Whitney exit the dance to see trucks stacked in a pile.
"Everything" Lifehouse Played when Clark arrives home after the Homecoming dance and imagines dancing with Lana.


  • Technically, this episode is unnamed. The term "pilot" is traditionally used in the entertainment industry to identify the first episode of a television series.
  • The word "pilot" could mean about the term they call an aircraft employee who flies any vehicle relating to aircraft. This could refer to Clark's ability to fly, which was observed later in the future episodes and seasons.
  • The word could also refer to the pilot of Lionel's helicopter in the first scene, where Lex faces his fear of flying.


  • This episode takes place on October 3–7, 2001. The novelization specifically states it is October. The novelization also states that the start of the present day section of the episode is a Tuesday which is actually incorrect as the homecoming dance is stated to be Saturday (twice) during both the novel and the episode itself. Since the episode takes place over three days this would mean the episode actually starts on a Thursday or more likely Wednesday is simply not shown during the episode which would push the episode out over four days. Also, Chloe says "...twelve years ago today, they chose Jeremy Creek as the Smallville High scarecrow." The Oliver Queen Chronicles states that the meteor shower occurred October 16, 1989. However, the Oliver Queen Chronicles is now considered non-canon while a canon source (the Smallville Torch Vol. 50, Issue 45) states the shower as occurring on October 25. Both of these sources have since been replaced by an episode of the series itself, Hero which states the date is October 7 and then we can backtrack the Tuesday to October 3 thus dating the episode. Oddly enough, the 7th was actually a Sunday (not a Saturday) in real life which is probably due to the writers not having pinned down the exact date of the meteor shower when writing the episode (as it is simply said to be October 1989 in the pilot episode itself).


  • Antagonist: Jeremy Creek and Whitney Fordman 
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    The red towel that Clark wore was a reference to the Superman cape.

  • Clark uses the following abilities in this episode: super strength, invulnerability, speed reading, super leaps (only in imagination) and super speed.
  • The name of the Smallville High School paper, the Smallville Torch, was also the name of the school paper where Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman's creators, worked in high school.
  • Jeremy Creek is the first known meteor freak and villain of the show.
  • The episode contains a few subtle references to Superman. Lex asks Clark, "Do you believe a man can fly?" similar to the tag-line from the first Superman movie - "You'll believe a man can fly." When Clark is hung up as the Scarecrow, the red "S" on his chest is an allusion to the S on Superman's costume. When Jonathan puts his jacket around Clark and they walk away from Lex and the accident, the red blanket around Clark hangs off his shoulders like a classic Superman cape. Additionally, Clark bumps into Lana in this episode and as they talk she asks him, "So what are you, man or superman?" referring to his future as Superman. Also, when Jeremy says to Clark that he has a destiny, Clark reveals to have one too.
  • The first two episodes of the series, the Pilot and Metamorphosis, are sometimes combined into a movie-length 2 hour presentation, which was the case when the series first premiered in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
  • When first premiered as a 2-hour move in Canada the following scene is extended.
    • When Lex is resuscitated, Clark sees the broken guardrail and looks weak. Lex asks, "Kid, are you feeling alright?" Clark says "Yeah, I'm fine", then faints, falling flat on his face.
  • Scenes deleted from the Pilot include:
    • When Young Lex is first introduced in the helicopter, his father Lionel tells him he won't tell the pilot to land the copter until Lex looks out of the window, which he does only to start panicking and uses his inhaler. There's also a scene in which Pete Ross's father, Bill Ross, and uncle, Dale Ross, have a debate on Lionel's intention for buying the factory from them as they don't know why the "pesticide king of Metropolis" would be interested in a creamed corn plant.
    • After they arrive at school, Clark, Pete, and Chloe watch as Whitney and the rest of the jocks park their trucks (the same ones that Clark piles up at the end of the episode), Chloe refers to them as the "3 ass-keteers".
    • Principle Kwan seeing Jeremy Creek break into the trophy case. When Kwan, who mistakes Jeremy for a current student at the school, orders him into his office, Jeremy throws Kwan into a display case behind him.
    • Gabe Sullivan (not played by Robert Wisden, but by Eric Keenleyside) tells some factory works to be on the lookout for Lex, referring to him as "Daddy's little boy", unaware that Lex is behind him. Gabe starts to worry, because the plant isn't returning much profit, but Lex assures him that he isn't going to fire any employees at the fertilizer plant.
    • Pete and Chloe are waiting for Clark to show up at the dance. They decide to dance together, but only as friends (even though it's obvious in the scene that Chloe likes Clark and Pete likes Chloe).
  • Clark reads an article entitled "3-year-old Korean boy lifts truck off injured father" which is an obvious allusion to Superman: The Movie where a 6-year-old Kal-El lifts a truck off a shocked Jonathan Kent.
  • Lionel Luthor is the very first character to appear on-screen in the series.
  • In the first scene, the front page of Lionel's newspaper states that Queen Industries' CEO is missing and presumed dead. The new Queen Industries CEO, their son Oliver Queen, joined Smallville as a recurring guest in Season Six, before being promoted to regular in Season Eight. This headline also appears in Season Seven's Veritas.
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    The unusual meteor.

  • The 'Queen Industries' headline would be deepened later as part of the Veritas story arc.
  • During the very first scene showing the meteors approaching Earth, one with red and blue strains can be spotted among them.
  • The DEFCON system is referred to incorrectly; DEFCON 5 is the least severe state. Ironically, it will be used correctly by Chloe over nine years later.
  • Martha mentions that she is taking night classes. This is never mentioned again on the series.
  • When Clark was chosen as Scarecrow by Whitney and almost fought him, he was very close to overpowering Whitney with his strength, as he grasped Whitney by his shirt tightly, until Clark opened up his shirt by accident showing the necklace that Lana gave Whitney, giving Whitney the advantage.

In Other Media[]


Annette O'Toole as Lana Lang in Superman III

  • In Smallville, Kal-El's ship came to Earth accompanied by meteor rock fragments. This differs from nearly every version of the events (with the exception of Superman: The Animated Series), which tells that kryptonite came long after Kal-El.
  • Annette O'Toole, who plays Martha Kent, previously played the adult Lana Lang in Superman III.
  • Clark Kent, Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Pete Ross, Martha Kent, Jonathan Kent, and Lewis Lang are the first seven DC Comics characters adapted into the series.
  • The Superman symbol is shown on a little ride in front of store as young Lana is crying.
  • The New 52 version of Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) arrives on Earth in a meteor shower in Smallville, a possible reference to Smallville and this particular episode. Kara's pod, however, hurtles through the Earth and emerges in Siberia.
  • Clark being tied up as the "scarecrow" is visually similar to the cover of Superboy #175 (June, 1971).

Superboy #175 cover


  • According to the producers, the scene at the graveyard is one of the first scenes which Kristin Kreuk auditioned for in the show and her first scene with Tom Welling.[1]
  • This is the first and only episode in which the theme song, Save Me, isn't featured.
  • When this episode originally aired, there were no opening credits. The regular actors are listed followed by a "Special Guest Star" listing for John Glover.
  • In the version of the pilot that aired, childhood Clark, Lana and Lex are played by Malkolm Alburquenque, Jade Unterman, and Matthew Munn respectively. All three child actors would reprise their roles in Season 2, Alburquenque and Munn in Lineage, and Unterman in Accelerate.
  • The pilot episode runs 48 minutes long, which was the longest single episode until the Season 4 finale, Commencement - which runs at 50 minutes long. This would then be beaten by the double-part episodes of Absolute Justice and Finale, which run at over an 1 hour each.
  • Actress Cynthia Ettinger was the original Martha Kent.
  • The bridge that Lex goes off is the Loeb Bridge, a reference to Jeph Loeb, who wrote Superman comic books and consulted on Season Two.
  • David Nutter previously directed 21 episodes of Superboy from 1989 to 1992.
  • The logo for the series appears on a milk bottle Clark drinks from in the Kent kitchen, breaking the fourth wall.
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Smallville-branded milk bottle


  • Lana's parents are played by Ben Odberg and Wendy Chmelauskas. They appear as Lewis and Laura Lang in two future episodes, Season Four's "Scare" and Season Five's "Void".
  • More is revealed about the day the Kents found Clark in Season Two's "Lineage" and Season Eight's "Eternal".
  • In Season Seven's "Descent", the real reason for Lionel's trip to Smallville is revealed to not so much to buy a creamed corn factory, but to welcome the Traveler.
  • Lex talks about the history of the Luthor mansion - which is supposed to be his ancestral home and was "shipped over from Scotland stone by stone". Lionel's reasons to actually do so is explained later on in Season Seven's Quest.
  • The "Scarecrow" prank that in which Clark was victimized showed him hanging on a cross-like structure. This is the first of several times throughout the series that imagery of Jesus Christ alludes to Clark being a Christ figure.
  • This is the first and only episode that shows Clark Kent carrying a skateboard.
  • In the story of Smallville, it is shown that right before Kal-El as a baby left Krypton, his older future self from 2008 battled Brainiac with help from Kara as Brainiac was about to kill him. Kal-El from 2008 put him back in the spaceship and the story of Smallville began.


  • Clark is reading a book by Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher whose views on religion, morality, and psychoanalysis were influential to the German Nazi Party. His book "The Will to Power" contains the famous line, "Behold the Superman".[1]



Clark: I'd give anything to be normal.

Jonathan: Kids just don't fall out of the sky, Martha.
Martha: Then where did he come from?
Jonathan: I don't know. But he must have parents. (they both find the space ship)
Martha: Well, if he does, they're definitely not from Kansas.
Jonathan: Sweetheart, we can't keep him. What are we gonna tell people? We found him out in a field?
Martha: We didn't find him... he found us.

Young Lana: Do you want to make a wish?
Martha: I would love to make a wish.
Young Lana: Okay. Abracadabra.

Martha: (scolding Clark for drinking out of the carton) Jeez, Clark. Get a glass, where did you learn your manners?
Clark: (laughing) On a farm.

Chloe: Statistical fact. Clark Kent can't get within five feet of Lana Lang without turning into a total freak show.

Lionel: This has got to stop. Open your eyes, Lex.
Lex: I can't...
Lionel: Luthors are not afraid. We don't have that luxury. We're leaders. You have a destiny, Lex. You're never going get anywhere with your eyes closed.

Lex: Clark, do you believe a man can fly?
Clark: Sure. In a plane.
Lex: No, I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about soaring through the clouds, with nothing but air beneath you.
Clark: People can't fly, Lex.

Lana: Nietzsche? I didn't know you have a dark side, Clark.
Clark: Doesn't everyone?
Lana: So what are you: man or superman?
Clark: I haven't figured it out yet.

Lana: Are you okay?
Clark: I'm hanging out in a graveyard. Does this strike you as okay behavior?

Lana: I didn't see you tonight, Clark.
Clark: Lana. What are you doing here?
Lana: I saved you that dance. (They start dancing) Everything okay, Clark?
Clark: It's perfect. (Horns outside honk, and Clark awakes from his reverie.) Thanks for the dance, Lana.


  1. Simpson, Paul (2004). Smallville: The Official Companion Season 1. London: Titan Books. pp. 8–17. ISBN 1840237955.

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