Rosie in the modern DC comics series was far from the Rosie we’d come to know from the 1960s Jetsons cartoon series. Actually, I’d go so far as to say she was a complete character redesign. It wasn’t until the article on Rosie the Robot by Gage-Bot (one of our first team members), that I actually decided to purchase the graphic novel collection of the series. We will be sharing his original article here very soon.
After reading through the comics (published back in 2018), I went back to watch some of the original series. Which surprisingly they do offer some of on Bluray, comparing the character of Classic Rosie and Rosie from the comics of today. Now I promise, no major plot spoilers, but overall there will be character arc spoilers for Rosie herself.
I gotta say, I think the least interesting aspect of this comic series was character building. I mean, each character wasn’t too far off from their original versions, but in general seemed to lack character. It was kinda like they all individually had character pasted on over a carbon copy of a basic average person. Not that they didn’t each have qualities, but nothing that really made them unique from one another, at least nothing that lasted for very long. I feel like it would have been better if the plot lasted longer and we got to see the story unfold throughout their individual and combined lives.
Now for Rosie herself, She wasn’t disappointing, just… Confusing. Originally in the cartoon series she was a robot maid. Seen in the very first episode of the show, now in the very first comic book. She was an older model, now in the comic based after an older model. Only *Spoiler alert!!* it isn’t a robot that she’s based after, George Jetson’s actual mother. She’s gotten so old that she actually decided to be put into a robot body. Naming herself Rosie. And this part is the most morally conflicting and downright disturbingly confusing part of the comic series.
There are moments from this time of the comic onward where Rosie is occasionally called Mom, or Grandma and other times called Rosie. Judy would even say she’s “calling her Rosie from now on” and never calls her by that name again.
Also, little note, not necessarily a book for kids, bit more mature. While respectfully keeping the maturity in moderation, oddly enough.
There’s also a lot of debate and discussion about the afterlife, and death, and humanity that made me incredibly uncomfortable with Rosie 2.0 in this series. I still would recommend giving the series a read to see all of the Hanna-Barbera nods and where they’ve been able to take the classic series. It was a fine adaptation. It was just Rosie that felt so unnatural, where as in the original series she was immediately a part of the family.
I guess, maybe it was the whole having-a-dead-relative-as-a-robot-houseguest that made both the characters themselves and me uneasy as I read through the events that unfolded. It just didn’t feel right. In fact, I’d say most all of the comic was genuinely awkward in the way it felt in dialogue and character interactions.
It felt like the Jetsons were warming up to Rosie for a very long time, I mean it was brought up constantly how awkward it felt. And they never seemed to completely accept her. In some ways I suppose they did, but in other ways it was still the spirit of their dead grandma and that was strange…
This collection can be purchased here on Amazon, thanks for reading. and keep clanking on Fellow Robo Enthusists.