When I was little I watched repeat episodes of ‘Jem and the Holograms’ but I have recently re-discovered it. ‘Jem and The Holograms’ was aired in 1985 and finished in 1988, and is now a feature film that came out in October 2015. Personally I think that ‘Jem and the Holograms’ embodied a lot of what the 1980’s were all about, in every episode there were outrageous outfits and by outrageous I of course mean amazing! Every lavish aspect of the 1980’s fashion were displayed on the popular T.V show and were just as psychedelic as they were in reality, I mean they were ‘truly truly truly outragous’. For example in the song ‘Like a dream’ we can see the style of the 1980’s, the music video for it is mysterious with ‘moody’ montages , this song even includes Jem standing on a waterfall with her band mates along with a magic carpet ride and even unicorns that gallop down a rainbow bridge.
“Jerrica Benton is the owner of Starlight Music and the Starlight Foundation, which is a foster home for young girls. But by using her earrings to project a holographic image over herself, she is transformed into her alter ego Jem, the lead singer for the successful music group, Jem and the Holograms. Other members of the group are Jerrica’s sensitive little sister Kimber, the strong-willed Aja, and the creative Shana. The group’s rivals are The Misfits, made up of the cold-hearted Pizzazz, the tough-acting Roxy, and the humble Stormer. Jem and her friends are always involved in glamorous and exciting adventures around the world, while touching people’s hearts with their hit songs.”
On the 8th of September 2011 Hasbro issued a press release that had announced that they will be showing their now products at the New York Comic con that included their new ‘Jem and Holograms’. On the 27th of June 2012, Integrity Toys, Inc had aired their plans to release a brand-new series of collectible fashion dolls that had been based on the admired TV series. The special edition Hollywood Jem doll was made available at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego at an estimated retail price of $135. It only took a few days for the doll to sell out! On October 5, 2012, the four future dolls to be in the new Integrity Toys limited edition collectible line were presented with pictures: Classic Jem, Jerrica Benton, Synergy and Rio Pacheco.
The Jem comic book was released by IDW in March 2015: written by Kelly Thompson, art by Sophie Campbell and colors by M. Victoria Robado. The comic book offers a much more re-imagining of the series with new character designs. As lovely the re-imaging art work it I still find it hard to stomach as it looks much more futuristic where as Jem and the Holograms were 80’s based trough and through and the comic also has the characters caught up in different situations. For example as the Holograms and the Misfits being unsigned bands at the start with Eric Raymond being hired as the Misfits’ manager during the second story arc. They still have the Misfits causing all kinds of trouble for the Holograms and Jem and as they are arch enemies you have the basic structure of good and evil with Jem and the Holograms as the clear winner no matter the situation no matter how dire the predicament thy are in.
Sophie Claire, Bethany Kirkwood and myself are playing three fairies and I have taken inspiration form the style of Jem and the Holograms and their personalities for the fairy characters we will be playing in our rendition of ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’. I love the camaraderie of the band and how close-nit the girls are and I would quite like to see that from the three fairies if the script allows it. As we are also apart of Titania’s group of fairies I think that this style is very girlie and more party/rave then rock with the bright colours and eye catching costumes. This would be a strong contrast to Oberon and his gang of followers. I think that our characters will be trying to help out a lot with the confusing mess that occurs within the play which reminded me a lot of ‘Synergy’ helping out Jem much like her own version of a fairy godmother.