My wife and I watched this on Netflix the other night. I asked the following questions, which were all answered with a dismissive punch to the gut. Hopefully Tumblr will be more helpful:
- The crux of Jerrica & friends’ problem is a lack of money, which causes everything from losing control of her father’s record label to possibly closing the adorable orphanage her family used to run. However, in the first episode she meets Synergy. This is a computer, created in 1985, that can do the following: produce fully-believable, always-on holograms (implied to be either impossibly well-rendered and dynamic, or limited hard light, which is necessary to simulate clothing and hair), project audio remotely that appears to come from any source the user desires, is fully voice-activated, features limited AI, uses so little power that the bulk of these features are contained in earrings, and is wirelessly accessible anywhere on the planet. She uses this technology to become a pop star overnight, but this seems to be thinking very small. Sell this technology, and you’d make billions. 1985 billions. Then she could just buy the record label, and probably the entire city as well.
- Even assuming pop stardom is the most effective use of this miracle technology, Jerrica decides to hide the fact that she’s Jem. This creates innumerable complications later on in both her professional and love life. Why does she feel the need to maintain it? What is gained by a secret identity?
- Even if the secret identity is somehow justified, the vast majority of the conflict comes between the Holograms, and their evil rivals, the Misfits. But the Misfits don’t simply try to sabotage and bully the Holograms. They routinely attempt to murder their rival band, and have in the span of a few episodes run them off the road, were complicit in a bombing (terrorist act), nearly blew them up in a boat (along with roughly a hundred innocent guests), and so on. The Misfits never make even the slightest attempt to hide their wrong-doing. So after the first half-dozen or so murder attempts, why doesn’t Jerrica just call the police? They’re not fighting Cobra here. They’re fighting legitimate sociopaths who have tried to kill, and will continue to try to kill in the future.
- Unrelated… since Synergy can project audio, does this mean that all of Jem’s songs are computer-generated, and the band actually has no musical ability at all?
Perhaps I am not the target audience?
the cadet’s logic is sound