The Jem and the Holograms trailer came out this week and... Well... Yeah, the trailer came out. As a fan of the 80s cartoon, this trailer broke the 11-year-old sexually confused heart within me.
It invoked none of the spirit or heart of the series. Yes, I know I'm judging from a 2 minute plus trailer, but in that little bit of time there was so much wrong. So, let me share with you just some of the issues I have with the trailer and the story .
Jerrica Benton isn't the strong woman who managed a house for foster girls and owned 50% of her father's record company, Starlight Music. In the film, she's this millennial who's shy and unsure about her life. Why they chose to use this version of her I don't know, but it's not a great start to a character who's known for strength and heart.
There is no Starlight House. That was their foundation and home to the foster girls they took care of. The Starlight House gave Jerrica, Kimber, Shana and Aja a sense of responsibility and family. I like to think it's key to who Jerrica and the others are and what they stood for.
They really don't have a real reason to be pop stars. They just want to share their voice. That's fine, but it's empty. In the cartoon, they came a band to save Starlight Music and to provide a home for the Starlight girls. As cheesy as that sounds, it also made Jerrica and the others more likable as characters. The stakes were high, if they failed, they could have lost everything.
Who created Jem?
BIG MISTAKE ALERT! In this film, Jerrica didn't come up with Jem. Erica Raymond did. Who's Erica Raymond? She is the LOKI version of Eric Raymond
Erica created the look and feel of Jem and the Holograms. This sucks, because it was Jerrica who created Jem.
She and the other women created the sound and look of the group. They controlled the image of Jem and the Holograms. Why flip it to some evil record company developed the Jem concept is beyond me.
The Real Me
This version of Jem/Jerrica seems confused about who she is? The trailer points out her insecurities, including why she may not need the Holograms. Really? In the cartoon, Jem always needed the Holograms. They grew up together like sisters and there was never a time Jem got it twisted.
I get that fame can change a person, however that was never Jem's problem. She was always humble and caring. That's what made her the character many fans fell in love with over 30 years ago.
Glamour and Fashion
This isn't glamorous. Their look screams Hot Topic and Claire's. Jem and the Holograms were fashion forward mixed with pop glam.
Yes, that was the 80s and this is now. Still, the updated version could have mimic styles a bit of Katy Perry with Marina and the Diamonds
Where are The Misfits?
Pizzazz, Roxy and Stormer are not in the trailer or the movie, and that's really sad. These trouble-making rockers are the reason why Jem works so well. They are funny, dangerous and fierce. They should have been added into the film, I mean, who doesn't want to see Pizzazz in all her glory?
Since the trailer release, the responses have been from 'meh' to 'A Hot Ass Mess'. Many fans are not excited about the film, which is unfortunate. I wished Jon Chu really used more of source material to make the movie. I get that he's trying to bring in new fans, but changing the 'outrageous' story line to a more bland one isn't the way to go.
Jem has been a mainstay in many fans' lives because of the original story line. Four woman defy the odds to be pop stars, while caring for the people they love the most. For over 30 years that notion has stuck with the fans and brought in new ones. To cut most of that out is major travesty and a dishonor to what Jem truly is... An icon.