The Jem and the Holograms Trailer Is… Only Kinda Outrageous

So if you haven’t heard, the trailer for the new Josie and the Pussycats movie was released yesterday. Oh, excuse me, I mean the trailer for the new Jem and the Holograms movie. My apologies, I seem to have their plots mixed up since the trailer hints at the same exact plot (minus the wacky mind controlling subliminal messages from the Pussycats movie).

Check Out the (Not So)Outrageous Trailer


The trailer paints a “generic group rising to stardom but the lead singer gets all the fame and glory because the evil corporation makes it that way” plot, inevitably┬ácausing a rift between the band mates until the final act where everything is fine and happy. That’s what the trailer makes it seem like, and if that’s the route they’re taking then they must have made a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Now I, myself, wasn’t alive when Jem was on the air but I did watch the entire series while I was growing up from either re-runs or VHS tapes.

Jem the T.V. series wasn’t the best show ever by any means but it was, as its theme song says, Truly Outrageous.

The trailer was missing a few key things to make fans, and people who were excited for this movie… well, excited for it again. Jem is about a girl named Jerrica Benton who finds a computer program that her late father left for her in the basement of the foster home that she also inherited. The computer program is called Synergy and it can be used to make illusions and holograms. Hence the name, Jem and the Holograms. The Jem persona that Jerrica uses is actually a hologram made by synergy so that she can keep both her lives separate.

There is a scene where Jem’s earring lights up like it could have Synergy inside of it, but it could also just be the lighting which could mean they are just not showing any key things about the movie.

Synergy or Lights? Only time will tell
Jem(Left) and Jerrica(Right)

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The show was the epitome of 80’s craziness going from music, to drama, to fighting and making holograms of bulls to fight off the bad guys. Speaking of bad guys, the other key things missing from this trailer were the Misfits. The Misfits was another band who would basically go against Jem and the Holograms and try to one up them. Their songs were pretty good, too. This trailer had no mention of them and I guess I can let that slide if it’s an origin story, but it still feels hollow.

Look at that evil makeup though! FIERCE!

People are already expressing their distaste for this trailer because the feel of the trailer doesn’t fit the feel of the old school craziness that Jem had. Maybe the actual movie will surprise us and give us the truly outrageous movie we were kinda sorta hoping for. But until then we’ll have to wait until the movie hits theaters in October, or until another trailer hits to ease our minds and fill us with Showtime Synergy.

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