Notes on Jem and the Holograms

I will be writing a more in-depth piece on Jem and the Holograms soon.  But for right now, here are a few random thoughts.

Spoilers Below

  • Synergy or rather S1. N. E. R. G. Y. – it is funny how different our relationships are to technology now than they were in the 80s.  The cartoon Jem’s Synergy was a god-like supercomputer.  This version is like an adorable little IPod toy or a robot dog.  I guess we feel so much more at ease with our ability to control the technology that pervades our lives that we can render it a pet?  And yet, far less flashy computer devices like Kimber’s camera and YouTube account are able to transform Jerrica into Jem just as seamlessly.  Her social media presence is the only “hologram” in the entire movie.
  • Speaking of holograms, I couldn’t help but think of things like the Tupac “hologram” that performed at Cochella in 2012 or of Hatsune Miku, the artificially intelligent holographic Japanese pop star that performed on David Letterman’s Late Show in 2014 or even the live animated shows put on by the virtual band The Gorillaz.  In a world in which holographic performances are de rigueur, why was it that the original concept of the Jem cartoon was scrapped in favor of a generic “family is greater than fame” story?
  • Poor Kimber… Why didn’t her dad leave anything for her?  He is all like: “Oh Jerrica you will always be my gem/jem… Oh yea and take care of your sister I guess, since I didn’t make any magical robots for her.”
  • I was hoping that they would work in the “truly outrageous” line but then when they did I was like blehhhhh.
  • Oh yea, the music!  It was pretty good! Best number, in my opinion: “The Way I Was”

  • The love interest guy (Rio?) was cute.  But I kinda resented the fact that he ended up owning Starlight Music.  In the cartoon, Jerrica runs her own studio (which she inherited from her deceased father).  But the movie kinda implies that she will… I guess… marry into it?  Like a kind of rock star Disney Princess?


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