The original Jem and the Holograms was a bombastic pinwheel of a show about a female music executive who would transform her band, with the help of a computers-are-magic intelligence known as Synergy, into the act known as Jem and the Holograms. Episodes revolved around Jem's struggles to keep evil people from exploiting Synergy or taking over her company, as well as providing for a dozen foster kids, often by fighting bad guys or evil, rival bands.
But if you watched the first trailer for Universal's Jem and the Holograms, which dropped last night, you'd think it was a mild, feel-good tween pleaser about YouTube fame, predatory music execs and learning to be yourself. Needless to say, fans of the original aren't too excited.
But it got us thinking... what might other recent reboots look like if they were (apparently) stripped of all their science fiction trappings?
Looks like the most faithful Jem reboot around just might be the IDW comic series, written by Kelly Thompson and drawn by Sophie Campbell.