Slate.com had a great review of DC Comics new version of The Flintstones. Gone is the goofy group of cave people that lived in a little town called bedrock. Wilma and Fred are still here but they are less like the Honey Mooners and more up to date in a 1 million year BCE way. More up to date topics are covered – including gay marriage. The dinosaurs are still there and they still have personalities but more than just: “It’s a living.” These dinos reflect on their plight in life. All in all, it looks like a good book and with the first 6 issues being in trade paperback form, this might have to be something that I pick up to read. But my thought is: What if the Flintstones Were More Realistic?
- Family Time? Not so much. Try small groups with no family units. The strongest male is the winner and the ruler. The men would hunt, the women would do everything else, most likely.
- The Wheel – No cars with foot power. Not only no cars but really all simple machines would have been out of their reach. Sad non-scientific cavemen. Also, no dino driven washing machines, cameras or record players. Not a single luxury – wait a minute that is the wrong sitcom.
- Dinosaurs – Nope, no dinosaurs but they would have had oversized and undersized mammals and lizards. These mammals would have been their main source of food, clothing, etc. And no Dino especially the talking version that we had from time to time in the old cartoon.
- Jobs – If simple machines eluded our ancestors, then employment would have been over their heads for sure. Now, that is not to say that Og the caveman might not have been regulated to cleaning the back of the cave but not paying jobs at the local gravel pit for Mr Slate.
- Bloody, Short Lives – In reality, without the intervention of the Great Gazoo, the Flintstones would have had very short, very dismal, very bloody lives. Of course, you have to have the Great Gazoo – especialy voice by Harvey Corman.