Jem

Season 1 Episode 1

The Beginning

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 06, 1985 on ABC
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The Beginning
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The death of Emmett Benton initiates a power struggle between Jerrica Benton and Eric Raymond over Starlight Music. Jerrica wants to uphold her father's quality standards and continue to support the Starlight Foundation for Foster Girls. Jerrica receives a package that will change everyone's fortunes and introduce the world to the newest pop sensation: Jem!moreless

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  • The pilot sees Jerrica Benton stumbling upon her father's invention, Synergy, who will help her out to be a famous alter ego, Jem.

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    Jem is a true example of a fairy tale come to life. While the show itself is hard to swallow and unrealistic it nonetheless has an 80's appeal that's very appealing.



    The pilot sees Jerrica Benton fight it out against the owner of Starlight Music which was formerly owned by her Dad Emmett.



    Jerrica sees the company sponsoring "The Misfits" , attractive girls with bad attitudes. This is the classic stereotype of the "good girls" vs. "the bad girls" storyline we often see in movies nowadays. The other thing about the show itself is this whole hologram business with Synergy the hologram computer. That's one of the embellishments that was obviously put in there to attract the audience. Otherwise, we would get this boring storyline with this average girl trying to break it into the business and probably failing without much help.



    While Jem is a decent show, it's hard to swallow for these elements just because in the real world this nonsense doesn't happen. On the other hand, the show was ahead for it's a toon that shows us what can happen in the music world and the power struggle with one band vs the other.



    "The Misfits" even go as far as stealing the instruments of "Jem and THe Hologram" from showing how great they are.



    You also gotta love the tunes they wrote for their episodes. In this episode the songs "Outta my way" and "Only the beginning" show creativity and originaly.



    The pilot reveals a lot and shows us the future rivalry with "The Misfits" and "The Holograms".moreless
  • Jerrica Benton's father died, and his greedy business partner wants to scam Jerrica out of her half of the music company Mr. Benton owns. Fortunately, Jerrica discovers a special gift her father has left her--a special computer caled Synergy that transformoreless

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    This show was on on Saturday mornings when I was a little girl growing up in the 80s. I watched it all the time and even constantly rented the Jem episodes-on-VHS that were at my local video store.



    The show, which is a cartoon about a young woman who must fight her father\'s evil business partner for her half of Starlight music, her father\'s music company, after her father\'s death, is flat-out awesome. Seeing the clothes and make-up the characters wear and hearing the songs that Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits sang is hilarious.



    I\'ve bought all the Jem DVDs available, and every time I watch one, I am immediately brought back to the tubular days of the 80s.moreless
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

Cindy McGee

Cindy McGee

Shana Elmsford

Ellen Bernfeld

Ellen Bernfeld

Pizzazz [singing voice]

Bobbie Block

Bobbie Block

Jo Ellen

Recurring Role

Cathianne Blore

Cathianne Blore

Ashley Larson

Recurring Role

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Zipper/Guard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • The last names of Jerrica and Kimber Benton, Aja Leith, Shana Elmsford and Phyllis Gabor were all taken from Scientists who were key developers in holograms.

      In 1947, a British/Hungarian scientist Dennis Gabor accidentally developed the theory of holography. Gabor intended to increase the power of electron microscopes by using a light beam instead of an electron beam. Hhe made two-dimensional holograms or flat images with a mercury arc lamp using exposures of many hours.

      In 1962, Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks used continuous-wave, off-axis laser beam technique to make three-dimensional holographic images and objects.

      In 1968, Dr. Stephen A. Benton invented white-light transmission holography. His discovery allowed holograms to be illuminated by ordinary white light instead of lasers.

      American Bank Note Holographics, Inc. (ABNH) is a world leader in the design, production and marketing of high security holograms for the credit cards protection, packaged products, identity cards, bank notes and other documents of value. ABNH maintains its corporate headquarters in Elmsford, New York and production facilities in Elmsford and Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania.

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