Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum discuss the tragedy of “Ryan,” the eighth chapter of “Smallville’s” second season, on the latest episode of their rewatch podcast, Talk Ville.
The stars talk about emotional performances from Ryan Kelley, Tom setting needed boundaries on the show’s set, Michael’s improve lines, and the juxtaposition of characters who have all the control having no control in this episode.
Our scores may have been high, but this week’s episode is definitely a bummer… join us for one of the most emotional reviews yet as we get into Smallville Season 2 Episode 8: RYAN. We revisit memories of working alongside Ryan Kelley on set and the different emotional hurdles we had to overcome in creating this episode. Tom talks about the unique juxtaposition of characters who usually have all the control, being helpless in this episode; while also discussing how he set boundaries while filming. Michael remembers an improvisational outburst that sticks with him to this day, plus the idea of cast members being ‘in the dark’ when it came to the success of certain episodes and characters.Talk Ville episode description
In “Smallville’s” “Ryan,” Clark (Welling) tests the limits of his powers in order to save his young telepathic friend Ryan (Ryan Kelley) from an evil doctor who wants to control the boy’s abilities. Elsewhere, Aunt Nell (Sarah-Jane Redmond) leaves Smallville, and Lex (Rosenbaum) has a run-in with the mayor.
Currently, “Smallville” is available to stream on Hulu. Learn more about “Talk Ville” and subscribe at their website. “Ryan” aired Nov. 12, 2002.