Jem

Season 1 Episode 17

In Search of the Stolen Album

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 11, 1986 on ABC
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In Search of the Stolen Album
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Harvey Gabor has banished Eric Raymond from Misfits Music. This couldn’t come at a worse time since Jem and the Holograms are about to finish cutting their first major studio album. Eric hires Zipper to steal the Holograms’ master tape and sheet music. The Misfits record new lyrics over the finished music and produce their own album right away. The Misfits then decide to have fun with Jerrica and the Holograms by sending them cryptic clues leading them on a treasure hunt for their missing album.moreless

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  • an episode about music plagiarism, or it could have been

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    While the Holograms' endeavours to release their new album should be an exciting adventure, the Misfits steal their master tape and attempt to plagiarize their music.

    The episode starts out very strong, establishing plagiarism and the pains of promoting a debut album as the themes. As in the last episode, the Starlight girls are no where to be seen, indicating that any relevant social issues probably won't be discussed here. Nevertheless, the high moment of the episode comes early. Shortly after the Holograms perform "There's a Melody Playing," the Misfits perform their plagiarized version of it: There Ain't Nobody Better. Jem and Pizzazz's vocal performances differ and a comparison of these two similar songs reveals what made both of these fictional bands so uniquely special.

    Unfortunately, the episode never addresses how serious a crime creative theft is. The Misfits are merely outsmarted and left to stomp their feet in frustration.

    I lost enthusiasm for the episode with the whole scavenger hunt segment. The Holograms follow clues hoping they will find their stolen Master tape. Their journey takes them to an auto shop outside of the city. The mechanic's name is Bubba, an offensive stereotype of rural people; in fact, to overemphasize his country bumpkiness, Bubba is more Southern rural than New York rural. The Holograms cannot wait to return to the city. Thus, the young viewers are led to believe that rural people, and anyone who speaks with a Southern accent, are undesirable and should be avoided at all cost, like the punks from the dirty rock club who tried to rob the Holograms.

    When the Holograms realize that they have been led to a blank tape, Jem realizes that Synergy can help them locate the master tape. Well, why didn't she do that from the beginning?

    The episode seems to end in a rush, as the Misfits are thwarted and the Holograms' album debuts at number one. An interesting episode on the messy business of music plagiarism could have been constructed around the album's release, but instead you have this.

    The animation was quality work, especially scenes with the roadster.moreless
Susan Blu

Susan Blu

Stormer/Mary Phillips

Marlene Aragon

Marlene Aragon

Synergy

Bobbie Block

Bobbie Block

Roxy/Roxanne Pelligrini

Britta Phillips

Britta Phillips

Jem/Jerrica Benton [singing voice]

Cathianne Blore

Cathianne Blore

Kimber Benton / Aja Leith

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Eric Raymond

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