….have you seen the world premiere trailer for Jem and the Holograms? Watch it. Do it, right now.
Are you familiar with Jem and the Holograms? It was a super campy 80s show about four sisters that run an orphanage, own their own record company, and use an AI machine (Synergy) that projects holograms and allows them to transform into a super glam rock band. They constantly fight against a rival band called The Misfits. They’re basically superheroes.
Did you see any of that in the trailer? No, you say? That’s because it isn’t in there. Hollywood took something precious to so many 80s children, something fun and energetic and bright and wonderful, and hollowed out everything that gave it a soul. What we have in place is a stereotypical girly “coming of age” teenage angst movie filled with One Direction songs and sterilized style. It’s not Jem. There’s no Synergy. There’s no Misfits. There’s no holograms.
Look, I’m all for liberties and trying to reboot something old and making it feel new. Are you reading the new Jem and the Holograms comic from IDW? You should be. It’s a perfect example of how something like this should be done. Just read that. Watch the series on Netflix and don’t go see this garbage. Please, vote with your money.