1x01 Pilot (1)
First Aired: Sep. 12, 1993 on ABC
Summary: Clark Kent comes to Metropolis looking for a job at the Daily Planet. Perry White dismisses him as he has no experience. Clark then gets a story about a theater being torn down which convinces White to hire him because he has initiative. At the Daily Planet, Lois Lane works to uncover a…
Main Characters in this Episode
Man #2: Is it a bird?
Man #3: Is it a plane?
Man with binoculars: No, just a guy in a pair of tights and a cape.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Clark looks through the wall of an aging theater which is about to be torn down. The wall itself has a door, above which appears "Enterance" (sic). Surely on a fancy theater with amazing baroque gold leaf interior decorations, shown later, such an obvious misspelling of "Entrance" would not have been tolerated.
- Goof (continuity error): When Clark flies for the first time to go see his parents in Smallville, he is wearing a maroon shirt. When he lands in Smallville he's wearing a blue denim shirt. But in the next scene at the dinner table, he's wearing maroon again.
- Goof (plot holes): Clark's mother sews his suit together from normal earthly fabric, using her sewing machine and scissors. Only the "S" logo on the superman suit's chest is from Clark's home world, carried to earth along with his alien baby blanket. Yet in the rest of the episode and series, his suit is inexplicably as impervious to fire, bullets, and other hazards as Superman is.
- Goof (errors in geography): Fortune cookies are an American invention. In 1993 they were not yet popular in mainland China, where Clark got the supposedly authentic meal.
- Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): In all other Superman series, Clark uses his glasses to hide his secret identity. However, in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Clark wore his glasses prior to being Superman without having any reason for wearing them. This may be in deference to the comic version of Clark, who was at one point wearing glasses made out of a material salvaged from his starship, which was the only thing that was able to withstand his heat and x-ray vision.
- The pilot was shot on 35mm film.
- The neon "Daily Planet" globe in front of the building cost $15,000.
- Dean Cain was the first actor to be auditioned. At first, he was dismissed as being too young, more of a Superboy than a Superman.