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Episode 59: Jem and the Holograms

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Hey, kids, did you know you can get a record deal overnight and become the most famous person in the world just by uploading a single two-minute video of singing and strumming an acoustic guitar to YouTube? (That sound you hear in the background is Damien's white-hot rage becoming sentient.) This month, The Real Protagonists tackle Jem and the Holograms — a movie that no one saw, and is so out of touch with reality, it actually shows a YouTube video being fully uploaded in under 60 seconds. [ 3:17:35 || 97.6 MB ]

 

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I cannot believe I sent my feedback in for Samurai Cop 2 before I listened to the feedback section of this episode. 

All I'm going to say is this: fucking thank you for crowning me Feedback Champion. I fully embrace it, and accept it. 

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Regarding the YouTube clips of people praising Jem, it's much more nefarious than the producers simply stealing clips from YouTube. What they did was to put out a call, asking fans of the Jem and the Holograms cartoon to confess their undying love for the show. (Thus explaining why most everyone is wearing the cartoon logo on shirts and having posters in the background.) They then took those clips and edited them to make it look like these lifelong fans of the cartoon were actually expressing MEGA~DUPER~LOVE for the in-movie band. It's downright gross how they treated these people who were forever shaped by the cartoon.

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I know Mike did a "say something nice" type of segment on Earth-2.net sometime ago.

I love the explanation of how viral YouTube "sensations" work.  Does make you either marvel at the hard work put in to push your content, or repulsed by whatever nefarious and shaddy deals one needs to do (i.e. sign up with things that promise you so many YouTube views/Facebook, Twitter, Instagram likes/etc for a fee or whatever) in order to even achieve some mega Andy Warhol time and trancend their little online or in real life communities.

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Before I did the Jem segment in episode 844, I posted this online: "I just gave the Jem movie 20 minutes of my life. No joke; 20 minutes. Can I file a class-action lawsuit?"

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Not to get too much into social ideology when it comes to what constitutes a traditional family structure in 2016, but I'd wager that those who still have strong ties to surviving parents and/or siblings probably outweighs those who don't.  

So despite what you guys, and others you know personally, have gone through, it probably is still enough of a...anomaly, for lack of a better, or less derogatory sounding, word at the moment, for siblings to have zero contact or actual blood feuds (unless absolutely warranted due to incarceration, distance apart, failing out due to something more substantial than getting screwed on record contracts, etc) to the point where, despite it being a trope, and I'd imagine as poorly executed and uninspired as the rest of this moving picture (hard to even dignify it with the term "movie"), the "blood is thicker than water" line of reconciliation can be used without a "how is this a problem that needed to be resolved" note being attached to it.

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I created a new trope for the Tiradesverse!

Looking forward to seeing "The NPC effect" applied in future episodes.

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Regarding the YouTube clips of people praising Jem, it's much more nefarious than the producers simply stealing clips from YouTube. What they did was to put out a call, asking fans of the Jem and the Holograms cartoon to confess their undying love for the show. (Thus explaining why most everyone is wearing the cartoon logo on shirts and having posters in the background.) They then took those clips and edited them to make it look like these lifelong fans of the cartoon were actually expressing MEGA~DUPER~LOVE for the in-movie band. It's downright gross how they treated these people who were forever shaped by the cartoon.

In other words, it would be like if James made a youtube video explaining why he loves Avatar: the last Airbender, and it played in the credits of M. Night  Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender."

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Regarding the YouTube clips of people praising Jem, it's much more nefarious than the producers simply stealing clips from YouTube. What they did was to put out a call, asking fans of the Jem and the Holograms cartoon to confess their undying love for the show. (Thus explaining why most everyone is wearing the cartoon logo on shirts and having posters in the background.) They then took those clips and edited them to make it look like these lifelong fans of the cartoon were actually expressing MEGA~DUPER~LOVE for the in-movie band. It's downright gross how they treated these people who were forever shaped by the cartoon.

In other words, it would be like if James made a youtube video explaining why he loves Avatar: the last Airbender, and it played in the credits of M. Night  Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender."

My god. Perfect nightmare analogy there.

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James, you mentioned being in possession of a turtle tank. Does that mean you kept a turtle?

Edited by Rjoyadet
thought a question would be better

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