After escaping from his mean stepparents James Gibson and Sky, the boy Ryan James is hit by Martha Kent's car on the road. She brings Ryan to a hospital, and the boy claims to have amnesia.... See full summary »



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Whitney Fordman (credit only)
Pete Ross (credit only)
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After escaping from his mean stepparents James Gibson and Sky, the boy Ryan James is hit by Martha Kent's car on the road. She brings Ryan to a hospital, and the boy claims to have amnesia. The Kent family offers to lodge Ryan in their farm while waiting for the social services. The boy becomes friends with Clark Kent and his friends, and has the power of reading minds, and his adopted parents use him to commit robberies. Clark helps the boy against his stepfather while Ryan knows Clark is different when Ryan sees that he's the only one whose mind he cannot read. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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16 April 2002 (USA)  »

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Clark obviously kills Ryan's stepdad by lunging the bowling ball into his chest though he shows no remorse nor is the fact that he took a life mentioned at all. This goes against Superman's philosophy and Clark's own feelings so it makes little to no sense that this wouldn't be touched upon by him or his parents. See more »


When Ryan and Clark are playing basketball you can see a tractor near the guys. After some shots then the tractor moves for no apparent reason left and right about 1-2 meters. See more »


Clark Kent: Someone I can trust and will always be there.
Lana Lang: That's just how I see you, Clark.
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References The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) See more »


Free to Change Your Mind
Written and Performed by Regency Buck
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Good but "Strayed" a bit
3 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's a lot of good material in this episode. The ability this kid has is very cool and it's done well. Also, this is the first time that the "freak" in an episode was a child. That dynamic made it interesting. There are also some intriguing revelations about the different characters.

But this episode was a bit flawed in a few respects. The most glaring flaw is the lack of explanation about how Ryan got his abilities. Up until now, every ability in Smallville was somehow traced to the meteors. However, there is no such explanation here. This alone makes this episode veer into Twilight Zone territory. That's still a great place to be, but give us some logic in this madness. Another flaw was a lack of motivation by the villains in this one. Seems to me that if this kid was helping them out like he was, they'd be a bit nicer. That rage and the violence wasn't explained either. By the end it got very jumbled.

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