About This Show
JEMcast is a weekly podcast providing in-depth analysis on every episode of the outrageous 80s cartoon show, Jem and the Holograms. It's widely known that some of the themes dealt with in the show were quite ahead of its time—namely jealousy, illiteracy, abandonment, greed, and even substance abuse. We dive right into these topics and figure out which of the episodes are the greatest. How toxic is Jem and Rio's relationship? What is the root of Pizazz's reckless behaviour? Subscribe and stick around as we journey through three seasons worth of episodes!
Most Recent Episode
S3E7: “The Day the Music Died”
Hello and welcome to the JEMcast on Hologram Radio. This is Alex Knight and I am joined Aleen Simms, founder of the Less Than Or Equal podcast, and science fiction writer, K. Tempest Bradford.
Synopsis: In Season 3, episode 7: “‘The Day the Music Died,’ Jem and The Holograms,Jem is led away from her responsibilities by Riot on a cruise. When the rest of The Holograms are unable to pay Starlight Music’s debt, The Misfits buy out both Starlight Music and Stingers Sound, forcing the Holograms and The Stingers to submit to the Misfits’ control. This makes the Misfits into a mega group, ruling the airwaves. Rio, The Holograms and The Stingers have to find Riot and Jem fast, in order to get their lives back to normal.”
Stay tuned for an action packed episode.
Episode 60 (S3E7) is written by Roger Slifer.
This week’s show notes are written by K. Tempest Bradford.
We open with the theme song, as always, but about halfway through Kimber’s voice yells STOP and the theme winds down like an old movie reel. There isn’t going to be a story today, Kimber informs us, because Jerrica is gone and so is Jem. Also, Kimber is wearing an outfit we haven’t seen since that time she started having lesbian sex with Stormer. Something is up.
Uh oh, she says that Jem and the Holograms will never play again.
It all started 3 months ago. This episode is full of flashbacks and the characters talking directly to the audience.
Kimber starts us off. Jerrica is doing her typically terrible job of being CEO of Starlight Music. She’s fighting with Shana and Rio, snapping Kimber’s head off, screaming at the staff, and in general not being managerial material.
Kimber continues to blame herself for not seeing how stressed Jerrica was. She relates how, at a concert later, Jem is continuing with her I’m Stressed And I’m Going To Take It Out On Everyone schtick. She’s mad at Rio because his van broke down and he can’t set up the concert. Jem proceeds to try and do so herself, attempting to lift a giant speaker that’s twice as wide and as tall as she is. And she’s trying to do this in heels.
The other Holograms help out—because for some reason they can only afford one roadie—and whisper to each other about how stressed Jem is and how they are worried.
Kimber’s reminiscing is interrupted by Pizzazz, who calls her a “Holo-twerp” and tells her to come on, they have work