Was Alex P Keaton a positive role model to Alex?

I would that, for the most part, he is. Although, in Be True To Your Preschool, Alex did give his little brother bad advice (with regards to sharing). I would say, though, that he is affectionate and nurturing with his little brother. I haven't ever watched the episode with the quote when Andy claimed that Alex was telling him the story about Robin Hood, where one steals from the poor to feed the rich - but Andy probably just got the words "poor" and "rich" switched around. He is just a little kid, after all.

Anyway, what are your thoughts?
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Yay! announced the release of the second season of Family Ties on DVD. I was getting a little worried that they wouldn't release the rest of the seasons, but now I don't have to worry! Here is all the information, including cover art, a release date, and news about bonus features (even a little is better than season one's DVDs). October 9th seems so far away, but I can't wait!

When did Alex shine the most?

From the Family Ties article at TV Tropes:

Rather straightforward Dom Com in the 1980's.

Former flower children Steven (Michael Gross) and Elyse (Meredith Baxter-Birney) Keaton are now adults and raising three kids of their own, hyper-conservative Alex (Michael J. Fox in the role that made him a star), ditzy Mallory (Justine Bateman) and precocious Jennifer (Tina Yothers).

As stated, it was rather straightforward, though a lot of the humor came from the conflict between the Republican Alex and the very Democratic parents. In a rare example, there was no Strawman Political sequence to be found here: both ideologies were given equal time in the spotlight, and there was no Idiot Of The Week episode either.

In what episodes do you think Alex best portrayed the conservative side in a positive light, and how?

Also, in what episodes do you think Alex came out as being the most compassionate?

I know there were a few episodes where he really came through for his good buddy, Skippy - and his friendship with Skippy alone wins him points in my book. I mean, Skippy was pretty much of a misfit - and he maybe didn't have too many friends besides Alex. I really admire how Alex did not consider himself "too cool" to be friendly with Skippy.

Family Ties and Back to the Future

Okay, I know I've been asking a lot of these kind of questions - but I just find it to be an interesting subject.

We know Family Ties exists within the BTTF Universe - as there was a brief scene in the Cafe '80s showing Family Ties on one of the TV sets. Do you think Back to the Future exists within the Family Ties Universe? The scene of Family Ties playing in the Cafe 80s in BTTF2 was so brief, it could easily be replaced with another 80s show (maybe the show that replaced Family Ties in the Family Ties Universe).

Anyway, do you think Marty McFly would enjoy watching Family Ties - and do you think Alex P Keaton may enjoy watching Back to the Future. Even though Alex doesn't really strike me as the kind of person to like sci-fi comedy movies - he may have a certain appreciation for Back to the Future, simply because the actor who plays Marty in the movie bears a striking resemblance to Alex. On the other hand, though, I could easily see Marty liking sitcoms - and he might Family Ties for reasons other than the fact that the actor who plays Alex bears a striking resemblance to Marty.

If Marty McFly and Alex P Keaton did ever meet each other (from two separate universes, where each is considered a fictional character in the other), I do wonder how they would get on. Of course, one would wonder how each would feel about discovering that they are fictional characters in the other universe - and that both are played by Michael J Fox.

I think Alex P Keaton is a very nice person, just a little opinionated at times.

crossposted to _familyties and bttf.

Michael J Fox, Alex P Keaton, and Marty McFly

In 1985, Michael J Fox, Alex P Keaton, and Marty McFly all looked identical. They were three different ages, though. Marty was 17, Alex was 20, and Michael was 24. Perhaps, to confuse things even more, BTTF1 was filmed during the spring of 1985 - but the events of that movie take place during the fall of 1985. Of course, the sequels were filmed in 1989 and 1990 - and, in those movies, Michael was considerably older. However, in my BTTF Universe, I imagine Marty to look the way that he did in the first movie.

Anyway, here are a few things to ponder:

1. When Family Ties made its premiere in 1982, Alex P Keaton was 17 years old. Do you think Marty McFly at 14 looked the same way - or do you think he looked somewhat younger?

2. When Michael J Fox filmed that McDonald's advert in 1980 (that video might be at YouTube), he looked very young - but he still looked a bit older than 12, which is how old Marty McFly would've been in that year. Do you think Alex P Keaton looked like that at 15 years old?

3. At what year do you suppose Michael J Fox, Alex P Keaton, and Marty McFly all looked identical? Do you think the three of them looked identical since? Granted, I think Michael J Fox will look better in 2015 than 2015 Marty McFly did in BTTF2. However, that could easily be chalked up to the fact that Marty spent the last 30 years being miserable - so he maybe wasn't in the best condition. I think, in the improved timeline, Marty would look more like MJF will in 2015.

Anyway, what are your thoughts? I realize that Alex P Keaton and Marty McFly are fictional characters, and some may think that I overanalyze about that sort of stuff  - but, as a fanfic writer, I find it to be an interesting subject to consider.

Crossposted to _familyties, bttf, and mjf.