Smallville (2001–2011)
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Martha Kent injures mind-reading Ryan in an auto accident, and he fakes amnesia to get away from his criminal step-parents. His step-parents hatch an elaborate plan to steal him back and use his abilities to rob Lex Luthor.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Whitney Fordman (credit only)
Pete Ross (credit only)
James Gibson
Mrs. Gibson
Dr. Harden
Bill Finck ...
Pawnshop Owner
Joe Maffei ...
Bowling Lanes Janitor


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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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the cafe while discussing about the comic book 'Warrior Angel', Lex refers to the hero of the comic book to be from the alien land and is on earth to help people. The plot of Superman is exactly the same. 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 »


Lex Luthor: You know what those emperors you're so fond of talking about were really afraid of? That their sons would become successful and return to Rome at the head of their own army.
Lionel Luthor: You think you can find your future in Smallville? I'm your future. Join me, Lex. Join me in Metropolis. How long have you been waiting to hear me say those words?
Lex Luthor: I've waited to hear other things from you for a lot longer. I'll return to Metropolis when I'm ready.
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The best of the "bright" episodes
17 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

This review penned in 2017 by a reviewer who is rewatching the entire series, top to bottom, tip to tail.

What both Buffy and Smallville have in common (aside from both being breakout hits in approximately the same time period) is that both series started positive and upbeat, with cherry characters and sunny, brightly colored, locales -- yet, as each evolved, each series grew darker and darker, as the producers felt the need to constantly push the envelope in order to maintain viewer interest.

I get it. That is how the world works. Why should a successful series risk cancellation when, by "juicing" the audience, they can continue for another season? (Actually there are exceptions, but not many. At the dawn of TV, the Dick Van Dyke show voluntarily walked away, as did Seinfeld, as did BANSHEE.) Anyway, back to the review, Smallville ran 10 seasons, the producers made out like bandits and by the later seasons the show was so DARK that it was unrecognizable from earlier episodes.

Like this one.

One of the best of the early "bright" episodes -- gets the message across in a positive way. The weather is sunny as are the dispositions of the characters.

Miss it already.

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