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mr_tickle
Assassin
January 2002

 
 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301021357
I've been examining the changing role of Alex throughout the soap. Thought I'd share my findings.

Throughout the pre-title sequence, Alex does little more than mumble. Although in the special edition he has the lines about sacrificing chairs. At 125 he gets one or two lines about wanting the top room, but after he loses, he reverts back to the mumbling.

Episode 1 Alex is portrayed as dark, mysterious, and threatening. His only eloquent lines refer to killing babies and threatening deaths. His most active role in Ep.1 is drilling holes in the ceiling. The rest of the time, he just follows everyone else about.

The reason for Alex's demeanor is perhaps the fact that he is heartbroken. His girlfriend Midge has been posted on a distant starship, leaving Alex alone. But even when Alex is with Midge, he is mumbly and dark.

At the start of Ep.2, we learn that Alex knows Death, and throughout the start of the episode he is considerably more vocal. He suggest that the team leave for home, and talks openly about collecting souls and rotting to death. Lying broken on the railway line, it is clear that Alex is in his element - one of his colleagues is dead, he just met up with Death incarnate, and now he himself is dying. It is Alex who finds the magic paw (in his pocket), and who wishes the three back home and to safety.

Once home, Alex begins a new hobby - making menacing phone calls. Alex is still fulfilling the role of weird, scary cast member. But once the team are in TV land, it is evident that Alex is also the team member most concerned with getting home. He initiated the return from Brookhouse, and now he is initiating the return from TV land (ironically, it is his eagerness to get home that triggers the storyline for Ep.3, when he jumps into the TV static). 

Episode 2 Alex has the darkness and scariness of Ep.1 Alex, but he's also eager to get home. He's the driving force of the team. In Ep.2 he even gains a love interest, in the form of Alana, only for her to disappear in the retune. Disappearing girlfriends would seem to be a recurring feature in Alex's life.

In Ep.3, Alex returns to the quietness of Ep.1. He also visciously knives the narrator. His only moment of real conversation comes when Stew chops his arm off. Perhaps Alex's silence is caused by his depression having lost another girlfriend, or maybe he feels responsible for having gotten the team in a worse situation than before. Either way he is quiet, and is mainly used just to get the conversation moving or to ask questions for the audience. His desire to get home seems to have dwindled a little.

In Ep.4, Alex continues his role from Ep.3, of being confused, and asking what's going on. His one moment of expressiveness comes with his rival soap, in which he is depicted as a many-armed knife-weilding god. The vocal and driven Alex of Ep.2 seems a long way away.

And remains so in Ep.5, with Alex playing the Jar-Jar Binks character in the Star Wars parody.

Then comes Ep.6, and suddenly, Alex has something to do. Namely killing Stew. Which leads to him hob-nobbing with God, and just like his encounter with Death in Ep2, this God-chat seems to trigger a rebirth in Alex's personality. Interestingly, both conversations involve the ownership of a scythe.

Then amazingly, Alex seems to become the main character, getting out his money and buying a time-machine. While this story is short lived, even the documentary concerns itself with Alex, and Alex continues to be proactive in the rest of the episode. 

Episode 6 is the Alex episode, clearly. And his interactions with Caroline and Percy, and his animalistic guarding of Caroline during the birth suggest another burgeoning love interest.

But all this comes crashing down again in Episode 7. Alex is back to his Ep.3 role, and then he dies.

Alex in hell is a little changed. He and Alana are comedy-weird. Addams family stuff. This cartoon Alex is a far cry from Ep.2/6 Alex.

And so it contines through Ep.8.

In Episode nine, we have, appropriately enough, two Alex's. The joke Alex from TNG, and a more traditional version. I'd say this Alex is more like the Ep.3 type. He doesn't have a lot to do, and ends up getting injured (liver rather than arm).

In summation, there are 3 Alex's:
1) Quiet, menacing, knife-y Alex (1, 3, 4, 7, 9)
2) Cooky Addams Family Alex (7, 8)
3) Pro-active, bouncy Alex (2, 6)
 

Lazlo32
Timelord
December 2002

 
  

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301021403
Nice work. He certainly does seem to be the most varied in his characterization. Clearly, in Episode 1, he's just quiet Mr. Scary. And then in Ep.2 they develop him, only to forget that they've developed him in Ep.3. It's very odd. A lot of the time he seems to just be following everyone around, like you say. I kind of like all three though in a way.

I think, perhaps, that the Ep.9 version (at least) though was not much changed from the Eps.2&6 version. He just had less to do.

--Lazlo32
  

Quiz
Droid
December 2002

 
  

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301032105
Alex is under-rated and under-used as a character. And now he's got no liver.
 
 

 
  

QueenPaté
Zen Flamencoist
December 2001

 
  

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301051112
I read somewhere that Alex didn't have many lines in the first one because Vincent Perez couldn't get the accent right.

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"Leather trousers... the sexy, dominant, cute look."
  
   

Hutch
POG Adept
August 2002

 
 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301051347
That's right. It's in the director's commentary on the DVD.
 
 

  
  

QueenPaté
Zen Flamencoist
December 2001

 
 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301061029
Of course, another much changing character is Babysham. One minute he's a goody, then he's a baddy, then a goody...

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"Leather trousers... the sexy, dominant, cute look."

    

Hutch
POG Adept
August 2002

 
  

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301072301
Well... I don't think he was ever really a baddy. I mean he malfunctions at the start of Ep1, and the crystal drives him mad later on. But I don't think he was deliberately evil. Siddor wasn't a baddy remember. He was just... misunderstood. 

Babysham's a bounty hunter; a mercenary. He works for whoever will pay him.
 
   

IAmTheSunshine
Canadian
July 2003

 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301081021
alex is cool
 
IATS
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"Mmm m mm mmrmm mrm." - Alex
   
Quiz
Droid
December 2002

 
   

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301081365
Alex said "Mmm m mm mmrmm mrm."?

I don't remember that.
When does he do that?

       

IAmTheSunshine
Canadian
July 2003

 
 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301081532 
what? he does it all the time in the first one
 
IATS
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"Mmm m mm mmrmm mrm." - Alex
Quiz
Droid
December 2002

 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301091922
Oh. I never noticed. Silly me.
I'll have to look out for it next time.
 
 

   

FunkyChunkMonkey
Zen Flamencoist
January 2003

 
  

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301102346
he has sex with goats all the time too
in the first one
   
FuNkYcHuNkMoNkEy!

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"You are a cock! Fatty fatty cock!" - Ted Heath.
"You'll never get away with it!" - Cherie Booth.
   

IAmTheSunshine
Canadian
July 2003

 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301111254
what? really?? when?!
is that for real? 
he puts his hand in a cow. do you mean that?
that's a cow not a goat

IATS
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"Mmm m mm mmrmm mrm." - Alex
 

FunkyChunkMonkey
Zen Flamencoist
January 2003

 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301112312
its in the limbo bit with the white screen. if you watch it on a big enough screen you can see it. in the distance. it won't show up on a normal screen. you'll need a big screen.

FuNkYcHuNkMoNkEy!

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"You are a cock! Fatty fatty cock!" - Ted Heath.
"You'll never get away with it!" - Cherie Booth.
   

IAmTheSunshine
Canadian
July 2003

 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301122102
wow! really? ill have to watch it again.
but thats not really alex cos its stew in alexs body by then
 
IATS
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"Mmm m mm mmrmm mrm." - Alex
  
FunkyChunkMonkey
Zen Flamencoist
January 2003

 
 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301122104
and alex in the goats body. its an allegory on wanking.

FuNkYcHuNkMoNkEy!

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"You are a cock! Fatty fatty cock!" - Ted Heath.
"You'll never get away with it!" - Cherie Booth.
 

IAmTheSunshine
Canadian
July 2003

 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301123212
ew. i dont remember the goat
is the goat ewan pru

IATS
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"Mmm m mm mmrmm mrm." - Alex
 

FunkyChunkMonkey
Zen Flamencoist
January 2003

 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301132212
yes
 
FuNkYcHuNkMoNkEy!

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"You are a cock! Fatty fatty cock!" - Ted Heath.
"You'll never get away with it!" - Cherie Booth.
  

IAmTheSunshine
Canadian
July 2003

 

Topic: The changing role of Alex  - 200301151221
ive seen it now. my uncles got a big dvd projector
and i looked for ages at the white screen and i
think i saw it at the back in the corner. it was
disgusting. i wondered who ewan pru was. why
did stew and leon thing he was upstairs when
the white started? i didnt here any goat noises

IATS
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"Mmm m mm mmrmm mrm." - Alex
 

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