American Dad “Old Stan in the Mountain” Review

There are a lot of things that exist in Stan’s world that make him angry. In "Old Stan in the Mountain," it happened to be the elderly, but Stan has been condescending and rude to various groups of people in the past. There’s a somewhat typical course of events that follow in American Dad episodes that focus on Stan’s ignorance: Stan will start out as his typical jerk self, only to go through some kind of experience that will help him learn a lesson about his bad behavior.

That pretty much sums up the A-story from tonight’s episode. I generally don’t find Stan very funny when he’s just rambling off insults. Once Stan got out to Kilimanjaro with Haley and Steve, I found myself enjoying the story much more. Stan had completely lost his mind and Haley and Steve were so nice to him while being completely oblivious to his multiple failed attempts to kill them.

After taking abuse from a younger hiker, Stan eventually learned empathy which was the key to lift the curse of his advanced aging. The reveal of a second curse layered beneath Stan’s elderly curse was an unexpected twist that made me chuckle at the sight of him. If Stan’s curse required that he walk a mile in the shoes of every person he’s ever discriminated against, he probably wouldn’t return to his normal self for years. Read More... 


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