Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Where's Alex?

Originally published on The State of the Street. Reposted with permission.

Inspired by an anonymous comment here.

Nessa is the mother of Alex, a 28 year old lad with Down's Syndrome. He's pretty independent and often seemed to cause his mother worry when he'd go off on his own after an argument with her. He'd sometimes end up at his Auntie Cathy's house, looking for a sympathetic smile. We first met him under those circumstances. Cathy let her sister know where he was and that he was safe. Alex showed up again a few weeks later and Nessa came to fetch him that time.

It wasn't the first or the last time Alex would go walkabout, much to his mother's chagrin even if he often complained and moaned that he was 28, after all. And mostly, other than having to be told more than once that he should at least let his mother know where he is and if he's coming home, he seemed capable of looking after himself.

Enter Ken Barlow and Nessa's new crusade to bag herself a new man. Yet another one, if Cathy is to be believed. Seems Nessa regards men like children regard sweets in the candy store window. She just can't resist. So where's Alex now? So much for Nessa's over protectiveness.

The continuity of this is really doing my head in. The first time Alex came to see Cathy, she sent him home on the train. The train, people. And that tells me that Nessa lives a little distance away, perhaps not hours, but in an area enough of a distance from Weatherfield/Manchester to be using faster transport than a bus.

Now, Nessa is working at the salon and is quickly getting her feet under Ken's table. Is she taking the train every day to commute to her job? I know people do that, but there's been no mention of it.

And what about Alex? Nessa is so focussed on Ken that she must be leaving Alex to his own devices pretty much all the time, not just in the daytime while she works, but in her leisure hours, too, because she's with Ken a lot of the time, even overnight, now. But still, no Alex. No messages, no texts. I wonder if she let him know that she wasn't going to be coming home?  She doesn't seem to be the overprotective, anxious mother now. I would love to see Alex come looking for her because she didn't come home and didn't let him know she was safe! Tit for tat, right?

Why isn't Alex invited to a meal now and then with the rest of the Barlow family? What about Christmas? If Nessa is going to be part of the Barlow Christmas, will we see Alex, too? Inquiring minds want to know why the Powers That Be seem to have dropped the ball on this. Alex appears to have been used to introduce Nessa into Ken's world and now he's been forgotten.




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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said TVOR! I was wondering the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Terrible actor, kept staring at the camera, I hope he doesn't come back.

Anonymous said...

I dare say, now that we've met Alex, if he comes back,it will be to further the plot that includes Nessa, either with Ken or as bane to her sister and to Alex's life. Maybe they're waiting to see if Nessa gels with viewers or not.

Pootle5 said...

There have many things that don't add up and stretch any credibility over recent months. I know it's fictional but they're close to jumping the shark I feel.

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Anonymous said...

We all know how rude Tracy can be so maybe they are keeping Alex away from her.

Louby said...

I agree Pootle5!

Alex does now seem to have been a plot device to get Nessa in. She is quite annoying now. But don't worry because I'm sure it won't be too long before Ken realises his true feelings for Audrey. A bit predictable really.

Anonymous said...

they made such a todo over having another disabled person join the cast - originally it was to be a cousin of Tim's - that never materialized.
Then they had that friend of Sinead from the hospital join the cast - I think he was in for a grand total of 4, maybe 5 episodes. Nothing long lasting.
So I would imagine that Alex will be the same - big hoopla, a few episodes and never to be seen again, which is really a shame for the actors to be tossed aside when no longer needed

Anonymous said...

I won't miss him....

carla glaza said...

Won't miss the actor!
Couldn't really act either

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the purposed of bringing in Alex was for the purposed of fulfilling some sort of employment quota, as well as being a naff plot device.

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