The recent news about Jem getting a new TV run on The Hub has made me wonder about the possibility of it getting a remake like many other shows of it's era have recently.
In one of the interviews on the DVD sets, Christy Marx (Jem's head writer) said that she would love to work on a Jem remake if one ever came about. However, even with Marx's involvement, I don't think I'd WANT to see Jem get a remake. Here are some of the reasons why...
1) Only in the 80s:
Jem is one of those types of things that's a product of it's time. The wacky, 80s-ness (for lack of a better term) of it is part of the charm. If you took away the gigantic hair, wild clothes, and synthy 80s music; the show would be far less entertaining
2) Modern Music:
Jem was believeable as a story about successful pop artists because the songs in that show did a pretty good job mimicing the stuff that was topping the charts at the time. But, sadly, the pop scene today is far less talented and diverse than the pop scene of the 80s. Think about it; back then we had Madonna and Michael Jackson topping the charts. Now all we have are mass-produced teen pop idols and horrible, auto-tuned hip-hop. And that's what a new Jem show would have to mimic in order to be sold to modern young audiences.
3) The Hannah Montana effect:
Unfortunately, every show made today seems to center around "kids having adventures with no adults in sight". So I fear that the only way a new Jem series could get green-lit would be if the Holograms and the Misfits (and probably the Stingers, too) were rebooted as teenagers and Jerrica was turned into Hannah Montana with fancy earings.
I'm not saying that there's something inherently wrong about a show centering on underage characters. However, I believe that part of Jem's appeal and uniqueness was that it was a show about grown-up characters dealing with grown-up problems. Yeah, a lot of the situations they got into were ridiculous and stupid (it WAS a soap opera, after all). But you also saw the characters deal with real adult issues like managing their finances, signing and honoring contracts, balancing a demanding job and a personal life, learning the hard way that half your lottery winnings go to Uncle Sam, etc. You rarely see ANY show handle issues like that; let alone a children's show. And these elements just would not be there if all the characters were turned into kids.
So what do you guys think? Do you think a remake could be good? Or would you rather see Jem stay a product of the 80s?