A Love Triangle that withstood 67 years

Its official, the longest running love triangle is finally heading towards a conclusion. Generations will wonder why it finally ended. Newsites are running pools on who the lucky couple should be.  The majority heavily favours the cute,  middle class girl next door against the snobbish, rich and beautiful.

On September 8, 2009 it happened; millions were shocked, dismayed. The blogs, sites screamed defiance.

And then in October every one raised the same question again. In true Krzysztof Kieślowski style (Blind Chance), we glimpse the different lives based on different choices.  Inspired by Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” as well as the Gwyneth Paltrow movie “Sliding Doors” and the song “Both Sides Now”, writer Michael E. Uslan explores how decisions affect our lives.

The dice has been cast, the redhead, freckled Archibald Andrews is getting married. The Riverdale High kids grow up 68 years after they were first intorduced in 1941.

And with finishes a part of  childhood. Childhood of people who grew up with it, whose kids grew up with it, then their grand kids. If there was anything guaranteed was that Archie would never grow up.  It was a love triangle that spanned generations. Unlike other love triangles , this was a blurred triangle. While Betty did pine for Archie she did go out with others as Archie didn’t reciprocate all the time. Veronica would date others of her class (read snobbish, rich Reggie Mantle 😀 ) and Archie, well Archie could never keep his eyes from any pretty girl that came his way.

With the years that passed Riverdale High underwent a transition, the 2000’s  saw the inclusion of minority characters. I stopped following Archie a decade earlier as the price went up and the number of pages shrunk. I outgrew it as well. This piece of news however, brings back memories, of bartered comics and pleading with Mom to buy the latest  comic. A revived intrest to see how the unfinished business ends. In a way you want it to continue, even though you laugh at the absurdity of a love triangle lasting so many decades.

How will it end. Will it be Betty, or will it be Veronica? Or maybe in this era of equal rights the two girls choose different paths? Or like Run Lola Run there is a third scenario? Forget Superman marrying Louise, The Invisible Girl and Mr. Fantastic the comic marriage of the all times is here.


Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run starring Franka Potente is the current masterpiece of multiple lives of our generation.