If you haven’t seen the episode yet, watch it before reading further. I tried to keep this review spoiler free, but there are some things that you don’t even want a hint of.

Cast

Tom Welling as
Clark Kent
Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang
Michael
Rosenbaum
as Lex Luthor
John Glover
as Lionel Luthor
Sam Jones III as
Pete Ross
Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan
Annette
O’Toole
as Martha Kent
John
Schneider
as Jonathan Kent

Written by Philip Levens.
Directed by Terrence O’Hara.

Original Airdate

Ryan originally aired on Tuesday,
November 12, 2002.

Synopsis

Ryan, the telepathic boy from Stray, returns to Smallville.

High Point

The slow motion pull-out shot.

Low Point

The Warrior Angel/Superman analogies are starting to come on a little
too thick. I laughed at the cover of Warrior Angel #1, but by the
time Ryan finished talking to Lex, the horse had been well beaten.

The Review

This was a fairly original episode. I think it’s the first
episode in which Clark’s abilities were nearly useless. I give it 5
out of 6.

The effects were stuff they’ve done before, and on long
effect that we haven’t seen before. That effect was nicely done, too.
I expect to see them get a lot of use out of it. Hopefully the next
time they’ll get it to look like Clark isn’t just running on the spot.
(Maybe film the live footage with Tom running on a treadmill?) I give
it 5 out of 6.

The story was an excellent way to bring Ryan back. It’s
about time one of these Smallville transients comes back, and they
picked the right character and brought him back the right way. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The acting from the guest star, Ryan Kelley, was
extremely impressive for an actor of any age. The main cast did a
good job, too. I give it 5 out of 6.

Ah, the emotional response. Bullseye. 6 out of 6.

The production was the usual high for most of the episode.
In other scenes, such as Nell’s scene, the slow-motion pull-out shot,
and the damaged comic scene, the director of photography did an
absolutely incredible job. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, this episode had everything. It had past threads to
tie up, new threads that got started, character revelations, upheal in
the personal lives of guest characters and stars, and the guts to do
what Fox wouldn’t let George Lucas do in Return of the Jedi.
I give it 6 out of 6.

In total, Ryan receives 38 out of 42.