A Starboy Is Born (American Dad!)
Stan decides to kidnap popular musician The Weeknd to teach Roger a lesson about following the rules while Hayley takes advantage of this to try to have an affair when she can’t get Jeff to sleep with her.
Why It Sucks
- This episode is basically the American Dad! version of “Lisa Goes Gaga” from The Simpsons in regards to the episode acting like a 22 minute advertisement for a celebrity singer while portraying said singer as a messiah archetype. The singer this episode does this too is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, who is better known by his stage name “The Weeknd”.
- The episode is also derivative of The Simpsons episode “Bart vs. Thanksgiving” as both these episodes have an unruly character ruin a dinner, get severely punished for it, have that character run away, and then they realize the error of their ways and go back to apologize to the person they offended. The only difference are that Roger does not ruin a holiday dinner and that the episode does not take place on any particular holiday.
- The episode title is very lazy as it a rehash of the prior episode title “A Star Is Reborn”.
- Stan is very unlikable in this episode because he acts like a total hypocrite as he tries to teach Roger a lesson on following rules yet he commits several crimes in doing so including kidnapping The Weeknd. He also refuses to accept Roger’s sincere apologies for his behavior more than once and then breaks his own rule of no infecting other family members with the bubonic who plague by infecting Francine with that illness. Stan is never punished for his crimes in the episode as he is never called out for his hypocrisy either.
- As mentioned before, the episode literally treats The Weeknd like an archetype of Jesus by giving him healing powers through being a virgin and sacrificing his life to help Francine with his sacrifice restoring an island to complete harmony in the process.
- The depiction of Francine with the bubonic plague infection is very disturbing and disgusting.
- The subplot is not much better either as it it involves Hayley trying to seduce The Weeknd.
- Hayley is unlikable and out of character in the episode as she tries to cheat on her husband Jeff with The Weeknd. She was previously shown to deeply love Jeff but here she quickly moves to have an affair after she and Jeff experience trouble in bed.
- The way The Weeknd dies is very ludicrous and does not make any sense he uses his magical powers of virginity to heal Francine from her plague.
- The episode is somewhat of a Klaus torture episode as he decides to follow Roger on his antics only to wind up in jail, then get stranded on an island and then when he tries to call Stan for help, Stan rejects him.
- The episode is basically a rehash of “The People vs Martin Sugar” and “Office Spaceman” in regards to it focusing on Roger disobeying Stan’s rules and Stan trying to teach him a lesson on it.
- The relationship between Stan and Roger in this episode is very jarring as Stan treats Roger like one of his own children in that episode by trying to enforce his house rules on Roger and then disciplining him by grounding him even though Roger is way too old to be grounded. The episode also ignores the fact that Rogers is technically Stan’s stepdad as shown in the episode “American Stepdad” and that before this episode aired, Roger became a father himself by birthing Rogu out from himself but Rogu never appears in the episode and it’s never explained why.
- The Weeknd’s singing in this episode is good.
- Francine, Steve, Klaus, and Roger are still likeable characters, and Roger is not flanderized like he usually is.
The episode got a 6,7/10 on IMDb.