History Series / ALF

14th Nov '16 11:45:44 AM Roo
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* CharacterDevelopment: Brian, in start contrast with his [[StaticCharacter TV series counterpart]], went through some noticeable development over the course of the series. He went from CheerfulChild and Alf's biggest fan, to a slightly more cynical DeadpanSnarker who traded good-natured insults with Alf.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Brian, in start stark contrast with his [[StaticCharacter TV series counterpart]], went through some noticeable development over the course of the series. He went from CheerfulChild and Alf's biggest fan, to a slightly more cynical DeadpanSnarker who traded good-natured insults with Alf.
3rd Oct '16 9:31:58 PM DustSnitch
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* UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode: In the finale, [[spoiler:the title alien [[TheBadGuyWins is captured and taken away by the Alien Task Force]]. Before this, the series was a lighthearted comedy. There was a TV movie to finish the story (which was still much darker than the main series), but viewers who didn't see it were left with the impression that Alf was going to be tortured and killed.]]
28th Sep '16 9:44:25 AM Roo
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* ThreeShorts: A rare comic book example. Most of the issues would have three complete stories, and even followed the ABA format -- the first and last story would be set in present day with Alf and the Tanners, while the middle story would be a flashback story set on Melmac.

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* ThreeShorts: A rare comic book example. Most of the issues would have three complete stories, and even followed the ABA format -- the first and last story two stories would be set in present day with Alf and the Tanners, while the middle third (usually the middle) story would be a flashback story set on Melmac.
28th Sep '16 9:37:05 AM Roo
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* ParentalBonus: The comic was ''steeped'' in references and parodies that seemed more aimed at the older audience. Various Melmac-flashbacks featured Melmac-versions of such diverse things as Franchise/XMen, Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, the Creator/MarxBrothers Series/TheHoneymooners, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Film/JamesBond, Film/{{Psycho}} and Film/CitizenKane.

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* ParentalBonus: The comic was ''steeped'' in references and parodies that seemed more aimed at the older audience. Various Melmac-flashbacks featured Melmac-versions of such diverse things as as Franchise/XMen, Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, the Creator/MarxBrothers Series/TheHoneymooners, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Film/JamesBond, Film/{{Psycho}} and Film/CitizenKane.



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Used in one story with Eric, of all people -- after he'd played with one of Alf's Melmacian devices, he temporarily became extremely fluent in both English and [Franchise/StarTrek Klingonese]]. Of course, he was still a baby and had a baby's brain and comprehension level, so he basically used extremely complex words to express very simple ideas.

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Used in one story with Eric, of all people -- after he'd played with one of Alf's Melmacian devices, he temporarily became extremely fluent in both English and [Franchise/StarTrek [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingonese]]. Of course, he was still a baby and had a baby's brain and comprehension level, so he basically used extremely complex words to express very simple ideas.
28th Sep '16 9:36:38 AM Roo
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* ParentalBonus: The comic was ''steeped'' in references and parodies that seemed more aimed at the older audience. Various Melmac-flashbacks featured Melmac-versions of such diverse things as Franchise/X-Men, Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, the Creator/MarxBrothers Series/TheHoneymooners, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/PhillipMarlowe, Film/{{Psycho}} and Film/CitizenKane.

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* ParentalBonus: The comic was ''steeped'' in references and parodies that seemed more aimed at the older audience. Various Melmac-flashbacks featured Melmac-versions of such diverse things as Franchise/X-Men, as Franchise/XMen, Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, the Creator/MarxBrothers Series/TheHoneymooners, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/PhillipMarlowe, Film/JamesBond, Film/{{Psycho}} and Film/CitizenKane.
28th Sep '16 9:35:36 AM Roo
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* AllJustADream: These types of stories grew increasingly common as the comic went on, sometimes paired with OrWasItADream?


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* ParentalBonus: The comic was ''steeped'' in references and parodies that seemed more aimed at the older audience. Various Melmac-flashbacks featured Melmac-versions of such diverse things as Franchise/X-Men, Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, the Creator/MarxBrothers Series/TheHoneymooners, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/PhillipMarlowe, Film/{{Psycho}} and Film/CitizenKane.


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* ShaggyDogStory: Some of the Melmac-flashbacks ended up as this. Most notably was the story of Alf's cousin, [[Literature/NancyDrew Nancy Drool]], which ended with Nancy having been caught by the villains and put in a DeathTrap... and then the story ends, because, as Alf explains, [[DownerEnding that was the night Melmac exploded and everyone died anyway]].
28th Sep '16 8:22:57 AM Roo
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* AlternateContinuity: The comic seemed to follow the TV show purely in a BroadStrokes way; it never referenced events from the TV show -- other than changes to the status quo such as Kate's pregnancy, Eric's birth and Lucky's death -- and focused more on making its own continuity. The {{cliffhanger}} finale from the TV show was completely ignored, in favor of its own, rather grander and more planned-out, finale.



''(watching and laughing at Kate chasing Alf around the kitchen)'' "The irascible extra-terrestrial employs evasive maneuvers! However, mother's unflinching forbearance remunerates dividends... an irrevocable resolution seems imminent! Such jocular tomfoolery is exhilarating!"

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''(watching -->''(watching and laughing at Kate chasing Alf around the kitchen)'' "The irascible extra-terrestrial employs evasive maneuvers! However, mother's unflinching forbearance remunerates dividends... an irrevocable resolution seems imminent! Such jocular tomfoolery is exhilarating!"
28th Sep '16 8:10:11 AM Roo
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There was also a comic book adaptation which tended to play down the sitcom aspects in favor of a lot of parody and a bigger sci-fi slant, giving Alf strange technological toys which would occasionally be useful but most often wreak havoc in unforeseen ways. In many ways, it seemed more inspired by the AnimatedAdaptation than the original sitcom, and would in fact often include stories set on Melmac, featuring many of the same characters as in the cartoon (most prominently the Shumway family). These stories usually included a framing story of Alf telling the Tanners of life on his home planet -- Willie and Kate, for some unexplained reason, found these {{flashback}}s incredibly tedious. Lynn was fairly indifferent to them, and Brian loved them.

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There was also a comic book adaptation which tended to play down the sitcom aspects in favor of a lot of parody and a bigger sci-fi slant, giving Alf strange technological toys which would occasionally be useful but most often wreak havoc in unforeseen ways. In many ways, it seemed more inspired by the AnimatedAdaptation than the original sitcom, and would in fact often include stories set on Melmac, featuring many of the same characters as in the cartoon (most prominently the Shumway family). These stories usually included a framing story of Alf telling the Tanners of life on his home planet -- Willie and Kate, for some unexplained reason, found these {{flashback}}s incredibly tedious. tedious, while Lynn was fairly indifferent to them. Brian initially loved them, and Brian loved but towards the end of the series started to get tired of them.


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* AdaptationDyeJob: Brian's a redhead in the comic, taking after his mother.


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* CharacterDevelopment: Brian, in start contrast with his [[StaticCharacter TV series counterpart]], went through some noticeable development over the course of the series. He went from CheerfulChild and Alf's biggest fan, to a slightly more cynical DeadpanSnarker who traded good-natured insults with Alf.


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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Used in one story with Eric, of all people -- after he'd played with one of Alf's Melmacian devices, he temporarily became extremely fluent in both English and [Franchise/StarTrek Klingonese]]. Of course, he was still a baby and had a baby's brain and comprehension level, so he basically used extremely complex words to express very simple ideas.
''(watching and laughing at Kate chasing Alf around the kitchen)'' "The irascible extra-terrestrial employs evasive maneuvers! However, mother's unflinching forbearance remunerates dividends... an irrevocable resolution seems imminent! Such jocular tomfoolery is exhilarating!"
27th Sep '16 3:25:35 PM Roo
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Alf would occasionally directly address the reader or otherwise acknowledge he was in a comic, such as commenting how many pages there was left of a story, urging the reader to turn the page or mention back issues. Other Melmacians would do the same (primarily in the flashback sequences), but the humans were ignorant of the fourth wall -- the single exception was Brian, who in the later issues would occasionally join in on the {{Fourth Wall Observ|er}}ing.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Alf would occasionally directly address the reader or otherwise acknowledge he was in a comic, such as commenting how many pages there was left of a story, urging the reader to turn the page or mention back issues. Other Melmacians would do the same (primarily in the flashback sequences), but the humans were generally ignorant of the fourth wall wall. There were a couple of exceptions, though -- the single exception most consistent example was Brian, who especially in the later issues would occasionally join in on the {{Fourth Wall Observ|er}}ing.



* OcularGushers: Brian. Several times.

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* OcularGushers: Brian. Several times.Brian, several times. Usually at the prospect of losing Alf.
24th Sep '16 11:24:44 AM dvorak
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* AlienLunch: One episode shows that Melmacians ate a dish called "slime balls", which came in such flavours as "green" and "black cherry". Alf had one in his ship and it mutated a cockroach into a [[BigCreepyCrawlies Big Creepy-Crawley]].
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