Over 25 years later, is she still truly outrageous?
Proto-Gaga. If the Bangles were managed by a hologram-shooting supercomputer. Like Hannah Montana, but with catchy synth riffs. If you’ve never heard of Jem and the Holograms, the 1980’s animated pop rock cartoon based on the Hasbro line of dolls, I don’t even know if I can really explain it to you. But I’m going to let this wall of text from the show’s Wikipedia page give it a shot:
The central “secret” of the series is that Jem, lead singer and frontwoman of the rock group Jem and The Holograms, is in fact the alter ego of Jerrica Benton, owner/manager of Starlight Music. Jerrica adopts this persona with the help of a holographic computer, known as Synergy, which was built by Jerrica’s father to be “the ultimate audio-visual entertainment synthesizer” and is bequeathed to Jerrica after his passing. Jerrica is then able to command Synergy to project “the Jem hologram” over herself by means of the remote micro projectors in her earrings, thus disguising her features and clothing and enabling her to assume the Jem persona.
If any of that sounds like your thing, then you’ll be happy to know that Shout! Factory (who’ve been on a roll lately in bringing Hasbro’s 80’s animation back) are releasing the series in an 11-disc set in October. Or, if you just want to dip your toe into the Jem pool, they’ll be releasing the first season on a 4-disc DVD set the same day as the complete series–October 11th.
No word on any special features, but I figure the rival band the Misfits are special feature enough.
Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series will be available on October 11th from Shout Factory. You can catch reruns on the Hub.