When this reboot was launched, last January, it was clear that Alley and Ooola have been time-travelling for a while — but, not for 80 years. They knew about Doc’s smartphone. They’ve spent some time in Doc’s (and our) time.
In U1 (the ‘toon universe they previously occupied) the romantic arc had gotten stale several decades ago. In U2 (the ’toon universe our heroes now occupy), the romantic act has just started. In U2, Alley and Ooola were childhood friends. They’ve been time-adventure comrades. Now, they are also becoming romantically involved. Maybe, there’ll be a resolution, before 2099.
You mention Dagwood. The Blondie strip started about the same time as A.O. Blondie was a flapper, and Dagwood was a wealthy playboy heir-apparent. The strip changed with the times. That’s why it still survives.
We’re you ever an elementary or middle-school kid?
What makes it a reset, you ask. In a comment above, you provide a partial answer: they can now reminisce about shared childhood experiences.
If Alley and Ooola are ever sent to 1950’s Appalachia, during Sadie Hawkins Day season, the race would be interesting.
There’s a lot packed into today’s strip, if you’re paying attention.
There’s no phone. Ooola and Alley are are just mimicking or mocking young moderns. We see how time travel has made them different from other Moovians. We also see that their romantic arc has been reset (long overdue).
The romantic arc involving Alley and Ooola existed from the beginning, over 80 years ago. It had gotten stale — this is a reset.
If you don’t like gags, then you shouldn’t mind when It’s not funny. While it’s not LOL funny, today’s strip is amusing and informative.
It confirms that the old ‘canon’ is passé, as you said above. It resets the romantic arc back to 1. The ‘gag’, about the schoolyard behaviour, has been done a million times — because it rings true. The one about the phone shows that Ooola and Alley are affected by their time travels.
FWIW, I thought of another way to take a poll here. Make two posts, something like this:
1. Click Like if you think ♤⊙●□.
2. Click Like, if you think ☆♧♡◇.