Jem

Season 1 Episode 16

Broadway Magic

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 04, 1986 on ABC
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Broadway Magic
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The two bands have the chance to be Broadway stars now that famous producer, Bob Merrit is holding auditions for his newest musical! To give his group the upper hand, Eric announces on live television that he’ll give a $100,000 reward to anyone who can provide him with Jem’s real name. This announcement causes Jem and the Holograms to be mobbed constantly during their stay in New York. To Jerrica’s surprise, Rio is among those who are willing to go to extremes to learn the truth about Jem.moreless

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  • A total dud

    2.0
    Marv Wolfman delivered a real stinker. A Broadway producer hires the Holograms, with the Misfits as understudies, for his next show. If Jem's star is supposedly on the rise, she is taking a step back by appearing in a Broadway show, because it confines her to one location.

    For an episode that was meant to be a tip of the glam rock top hat to Broadway, it fails to pay appropriate homage. As Eric Raymond offers to pay 100,000 dollars for Jem's real identity, all New Yorkers are apparently superficial and greedy as they chase the Holograms in order to discover her secret. Of all people, even Rio attempts it! And he's allowed to stick around? No, no. This is not an all in character for Rio. There are also random caricatures of various city people, poorly voiced, that are flat out stereotypes, especially the Broadway producer. With the final scene, the curtain finally goes up, and you hope to see a spectacular Broadway show, but it is merely a Jem concert with a line of top-hatted, chorus-line girls. There is no stage scenery, just concert lighting. No Broadway magic here.

    The story's pace is too swift and the structure is abysmal. Pizzazz locks Jem, of all places, in the Statue of Liberty. In what is meant to be a series of quick and exciting action segments, Jem traverses across New York City in order to get to the show on time. She rides a skateboard into a subway car, and the next instant, inexplicably is on top of a high-rise and commandeering a handglider. The irrationality and complete impossibility of such a situation boggles the mind.

    The only two redeeming things about this episode are the Misfits' song "Who is She Anyway," which has been used more than once in this series, and the voice acting from the regular cast.

    Wolfman reveals that he does not understand these characters. This show was more than just a vehicle to sell dolls. It had heart and touched upon relevant social and world issues. Wolfman's characters are superficial and in a vain adventure for superstardom. They are not musical ambassadors of good will. The Starlight girls do not even appear in this episode.

    Pass this one by.moreless
  • Bob Merit, a broadway producer, decides to put an add in the paper for musicians. As a way to help The Misfits get the part over Jem and the Holograms, Eric Raymond offers a cash prize to find Jem's real name.moreless

    10
    This is one of my personal favortie episodes. My favorite all time Jem song "Can't get my love together" is featured in this episode. What I like about it is, this really gives the viewer a look at the internal struggle Jerrica has to go through leading a double life. She very badly at least wants to tell her boyfriend Rio, but can't because she has hid it from him of so long he might over react. She can't let anyone from the outside know, because Synergy's powers could be used for evil purposes. The best part is at the end where she is giving a tv interview and detours the whole thing. Basically she says that she keeps her private life private and that the music she makes is the only thing that matters.moreless
Marlene Aragon

Marlene Aragon

Synergy

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Eric Raymond

Susan Blu

Susan Blu

Stormer/Mary Phillips

Cathianne Blore

Cathianne Blore

Kimber Benton / Aja Leith

Bobbie Block

Bobbie Block

Roxy/Roxanne Pelligrini

Britta Phillips

Britta Phillips

Jem/Jerrica Benton [singing voice]

Marlene Aragon

Marlene Aragon

Secretary

Recurring Role

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Heavy set construction worker

Recurring Role

Susan Blu

Susan Blu

Lin-Z Pierce

Recurring Role

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