American Dad Season 8 Review “Lost in Space”

If you’ve been watching American Dad for this long, you should know by now that it’s a show that is never afraid to experiment. “Lost In Space” has an introduction from Hayley and a later cameo appearance by Roger, but other than that, features none of the regular cast. Mostly, we follow Jeff and Sinbad (voiced by himself) aboard an alien spaceship. It’s completely bizarre, but almost all of it works seamlessly, which is not always true of American Dad‘s far-flung experiments, so we get to enjoy it as well as admire its daring.

It was clear that the artists and animators had a lot of fun with the alien setting, and it pays off. A lazier show would have made all the aliens of Roger’s species look like clones of Roger, but here they all look like unique characters, even in the sweeping crowd scenes. And all the other aliens are fun, too, even the ones that just hide in the background. The episode does not need to be so full of detail, but it is, and that makes the silly sci-fi adventure all the better.

And that adventure is, no mistake, very silly. The spaceship is a giant shopping mall, with one store from every planet, because the emperor decided that shopping is more important than anything else. And there’s a way off for the slaves – they have to prove that when they were abducted, it separated them from their true love. And it’s proven by a gross tentacle monster shoving itself into their brain. And of course, Jeff and Sinbad launch a rebellion and escape, and he heads home, even if it may take him tens of thousands of planets called “Earth” before he finds the right one.

A special shout-out needs to be made to the guest stars this episode. Of course, Sinbad killed it, perfectly willing to play along and make fun of himself. But also, Michael McKean and Sean Hayes, as the emperor and his right-hand man, respectively, were a lot of fun, having similar outsized personalities to Roger without just seeming like duplicates. “Lost in Space” was a great episode, that showed exactly how willing American Dad is to mess with its format, and how capable it is of succeeding while doing it.