Truly Outrageous: Jem Review, Part II

In part I, I talked about Rio never getting a clue that Jem and Jerrica were one in the same. Now we’ll conclude with three more puzzling aspects of Jem.

The Misfits are criminally insane

In almost every episode, the Misfits pretty much try to kill Jem and the Holograms. Whether it’s nearly getting driven off a cliff, run over by a tractor or eaten by a killer whale, the attempted murder/assault is always caused by a Misfit.

Yet, no one ever presses charges. Ever. Once, Eric Raymond lamented about possibly getting sued, but no one in the group really gave a shit. Early on, we learn that lead singer Pizzazz is loaded (her daddy is a business tycoon). Maybe this is why she thinks nothing of committing crimes? Who knows. The only with an ounce of conscious is Stormer, who actually saved Jem from being arrested (Misfits tried to frame her) in one episode.

People are born with hair colors not found in nature

So, I pretty much assumed everyone in that show dyed their hair in order to be 80s cool and stuff. But no. In a flash back showing Aja and Shana arriving as little girl orphans to stay in Jerrica and Kimber’s home, they both have ice blue and purple hair respectively. Rio, as a teen, has deep purple hair. And we eventually meet Stormer’s brother Craig in the series (twice), who sports the same bright blue locks as his sister.

Um, okay.

BaNee has serious emotional problems that no one takes seriously

BaNee is one of the Starlight girls. She is orphaned when her Vietnamese mother dies. Her white American soldier father is no where to be found; the only detail her mother told her about her dad is that he has red hair.

Now, BaNee stays obsessed with this man she never met. She even picks a random man with red hair and declares him to be her father. When this guy realizes what BaNee is thinking, he tries to sensitively correct her, but she goes off on him and almost gets herself killed after running away crying and maybe falling into a river (I can’t recall exactly how, but she does end up in water and almost drowns).

Then in the last episode, BaNee becomes depressed. She tells Jerrica that if she can’t find her father, she does not want to live. What does Jerrica do? Instead of taking this girl to therapy, she tries to find this guy, who may not even be alive (Jerrrica herself points this out).

But it’s a cartoon and you know they find him. Not without BaNee, again, almost getting killed. They let a con artist pretending to be her father take BaNee away. He calls them and demands a million dollars from Jem to get her back. Another guy Aja and Kimber dug up is there. He has amnesia and can’t remember anything about the war, so he doesn’t claim BaNee. But he volunteers to rescue her, which everyone jumps on, versus, say, calling the police.

In the process of finding BaNee, this guy remembers marrying her mother, etc., etc., happy ending.

Despite the high-drama (it was the 80s after all), Jem was a fun show to watch then and now. My mom was only able to afford to get me three of the dolls (Jem, Kimber and Jetta; in fact, my uncle and aunt got me Kimber) but for the three years it was popular, I loved, loved, loved it!