AMERICAN DAD – “Lost in Space” (Episode 18, season 9)
WAX FANG – “Majestic” (from the album La La Land)
I’ve been sick the last couple days. Stuck home, hurting and with no energy, at least I had my American Dad re-runs. It seems to be a show I turn to when I’m sick at home, and it does the trick. I love the adsurbity of the alien character, Roger — how all he needs is a wig to “disguise” himself and nobody* can tell he’s an alien. The other day one of my favourite episodes was on: “Lost in Space”; or “the one that shows what happens to Jeff Fischer once he’s taken to space by Roger’s species.”
This episode was a real risk taker. It is almost entirely about a secondary character, that of stoner Jeff (husband to Hayley Smith). Aside from an opening recap, only one main character appears in a surprise cameo. When we last saw Jeff Fischer, Roger tricked him into being sucked up by an alien spaceship. While I expected him to be written off, he has returned, with his new sidekick Sinbad.
In “Lost in Space”, Jeff is used as slave labor at the local Shawarma Hut in the alien spaceship’s massive food court. Emperor Zing (Michael McKean) has created a shopping mall spaceship, which he rules with an iron fist. The only way off is if a slave can prove he or she was in true love, and must be set free. Jeff decides to take a chance and prove his love for Hayley was real, at the risk of losing his genitals as the price of failure.
This sets up a musical number involving a rock band called Wax Fang. I won’t be all cool and pretend I knew who Wax Fang were before seeing this episode. I dig the vintage operatic bombast of “Majestic”, which appears in the episode all but whole. The song itself inspired large parts of the episode, and the character of the Majestic as well. As to the song, it has Queen-like qualities and a simply irresistible lead vocal. On top of that is a lovely guitar solo, classic rock in quality. I will definitely be checking out more by Wax Fang.
For both the episode, and the song: