Jem and the Holograms Back on the Scene


Jem is truly outrageous and back on the scene with her holograms. The eighties were packed with punches of computerized little buddies that saved the day and protected their operators from evildoers. Johnny five refused to short-circuit in order to keep his cronies safe and voice commands thrown into a watch sent Kit to salvage Michael Knight from mischief. Jem and the Holograms followed suit in the form of cartoon animation with a funky fashion music edge. Three power houses have joined forces to re-launch the 80’s cartoon as a live-action modern-day film.

Jon M. Chu, Scooter Braun, and Jason Blum will sprinkle their past ingredients of success over Jem and the Holograms. Jon M. Chu has directed the works of Step Up 2 and 3, G. I. Joe: Retaliation, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.  Scooter Braun owns several record labels and is entangled inside the Bieber web as well. Braun was the key matchmaker in the Usher and Bieber music nuptials. Jason Blum, on the other hand has spawn his own web of horror as the creator of Blumhouse Productions.  Blumhouse Productions has loaded minds that crave terror with the likes of the Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises.

The three brainchilds behind Jem and the Holograms are tight-lipped as to whether the Bieber connection will score him a role in the film. Speculating that Bieber takes part in the film, it is only fitting that he would portray Rio Pacheco. Pacheco is Jerrica Benton’s uuber sexy love interest; about as sexy as a cartoon could be preceding adult swim days. Adult based cartoons definitely sipped some Jem and the Hologram juice when formulating illustrations. Hasbro, Marvel Productions, and Sunbow Productions used a conglomerate effort to throw G.I. Joe and the Transformers inside a blender and hit the female appeal button. The product of this conglomaration was Jem and the Holograms; a recipe for success for the creators of G.I. Joe and Transformers.

The cartoon is based upon a futuristic fashion forward music group that battles villains and disguises alter-egos.  Sort of like the Black Eyed Peas if they were all female back in the 80’s. It embodies every element of what is exemplified in tween films and drama series. Villians/Enemies that drop kick negative energy into a beautiful popular world, fashion that was to die for during that time period, and living out the Rock Star dream with millions of fans. Drama, fashion, and music presented with realms of Clueless Gossip Girl spunk, dashed with Dannity Kane, and smacked with Niki Minaj style.

These components center around Jem and the Holograms and their enemies the Misfits. The holograms, Kimber, Aja, Shana, and Raya are Jem’s band mates.  Kimber and Jem are sisters and the other band members, with the exception of Raya, were connected through the foster home Starlight House. When Jem’s father passed away she inherited the foster home Starlight House and the music enterprise Starlight Music. Synergy is the heartbeat of Starlight Music and without it Jem and the Holograms would surely flat-line.  Synergy is a dynamic computer system that creates holograms every time Jem clutches the stars to summons help. Jerrica Benton is the name and persona Jem lives her daily life as. When she needs to transform into Jem for help or a performance she sends a signal to Synergy by caressing her red star earrings.  Synergy is the Oz of the holograms except with feminine qualities and real powers. Jem and the Holograms created spice girl presence before there was a Spice Girls and are back on the scene

Opinion By Ebony Waller


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