2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Jem, the beloved 80s cartoon series. Jem and the Holograms have never been bigger, as 2015 will also see the release of a live action film based on the show, a new comic book series published by IDW, and a continuing line of collectible fashion dolls from Integrity Toys. To celebrate the original series, WWAC is watching it from the very beginning. It’s showtime, Synergy!

 

Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits“Starbright Part 2: Colliding Stars”

Written by Christy Marx

Al: I fell off the watching wagon for a while, but I caught up and have returned to the party. I just like the Misfits more and more. The more bad they do the more I want the show to be entirely about them, which it sort of is. Also, I want Kimber’s cape in this episode very badly.

Anyway, they have to save Ba Nee’s sight in this episode, and that’s pretty noble.

Ginnis: I thought they were taking Jem away from me on the 17th, but I turned on my Netflix today to find out that she is still there! Looks like they have extended the date (for the second time!) to 3/16/15. Some random thoughts:

  1. Hm, I think the Misfit’s “Congratulations to Me” song was the most awkward Misfit song which is a bummer because I usually love the Misfits’ songs.
  2. Rio being a self-righteous ass. You kissing Jem–where do you get off, Rio? So over Rio. Later, Rio decides to inform Jerrica that Jem isn’t worth his time. Did I miss something in the previous episodes? Did Rio and Jerrica talk about him kissing Jem? Oh there’s Rio saving Jem again. I am so over Rio.
  3. There’s a guy riding a shark!

Jem and the HologramsKayleigh: I think if The Misfits’ movie was real, it would be my favorite movie of all time. Every time we see the characters filming, it looks like it’s for a completely different movie: there’s a love scene at a casino, a swordfight with Jem and the Holograms as imprisoned pirate wenches (?!?), and then a motorcycle race with explosions. It looks like a magnificent, utterly insane turkey, and considering that this is the decade that gave us Xanadu and Ice Pirates, that’s saying something.

Favorite Outfit: Pizzazz’s hideous dress in the casino scene, which literally looks like an orange and purple explosion, complete with pointy gloves that look like they were stolen from Electro. A Bond Girl, Pizzazz is not.

Favorite Music Video Moment: In “Show Me The Way,” Jem and The Holograms crash a kaiju movie! I dunno, guys, Pacific Rim 2 looks kinda disappointing.

 

Jem and The Holograms“Starbright Part 3: Rising Star”

Written by Christy Marx

 

Al: There are just so many outfit changes. I started noticing it because, well, the colors and styles, but recently I realize how often cartoon characters just wear the same clothing every single episode. All of the costuming in Jem is so much more apparent now. Pizzazz’s Flintstone outfit really did it for me this episode.

Ginnis: Nope, nevermind.“People Who Care” just topped “Congratulations to Me” as most awkward song on Jem.

Kayleigh: Al, the outfit changes are one of my favorite things about Jem. Of course, the real reason why Jem and The Holograms had so many wardrobe changes was to sell a ton of dolls and their fashions to the kids watching the show (and in my case, it definitely worked), but the outrageous clothes feel totally appropriate for a show about music and fame. That’s one aspect of the show that’s definitely still relevant 30 years later–just look at the media lighting up over every outrageous outfit Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj wear.

“People Who Care” is a super boring song. Sadly, it’s not the last time we’ll get well-meaning but totally cringe-worthy pseudo “We Are The World” ballad on the show. Brace yourselves, “The World Hunger Shindig” is up next.

Favorite Outfit: For the final scene in Starbright, Jem and the Holograms all wear gowns with a star motif–were they the original Crystal Gems? Or Crystal Jems?

Favorite Music Video Moment: Gotta love Pizzazz’s rendition of “Welcome to the Jungle,” which beat Guns ‘N Roses song to the airwaves by a year.

 

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