Jem is also good at double-standards. At the end of Hot Time In Hawaii,
she and the Holograms perform a song called 'How You Play The Game',
which includes the line 'if you play it fair and square you can still hold
your head up high'. Yet, in several episodes Jem herself cheats. In Last
Resorts, she makes a tree appear in front of the Misfits in order to
pass them in the race..and even more unforgiveably she uses Synergy to holographically
distract Pizzazz during the Indy 500 in 'Intrigue At The Indy 500',
an action which was not only dangerous but dishonest, considering she's meant
to be the good girl. And then, of course, there is 'Share A Little Bit'
- the song from the end of the World Hunger Shindig which is meant
to advocate sharing, and yet Jem will not willingly share the stage or the
song with the Misfits, even though they are told at the start of the episode
that they can perform.
One good example of Jem's shallow nature is the song 'All's Right With The World'...the lyrics 'I feel great again, feel first rate again' indicates that she isn't looking further than her own heart to claim that there are no longer 'problems', even though through the episode Talent Search, where it first appears, Aja has been seperated from Craig, among other things...and in the repeat performance the Stingers have been abandoned on the desert island thanks to Rio's sabotage of the boat. She also fails to notice in the first play's video that Raya is being left behind, and it's down to Shana to pull the newest Hologram on board. Other examples in the songs include 'Tomorrow is 'MY' wedding' (which should relate to Kimber, not Jem), and Imagine Me (Which focuses entirely on Jem/Jerrica's stresses and hassles).
In Truly Outrageous, Jerrica tells Ashley that 'there is no room in Starlight House for girls who steal and lie', and yet at the same time she is carrying out her charade to the world over Jem, not to mention stealing earrings from a museum in China in Adventure In China. Where Jem's duplicity over her identity is concerned there is some excuse, since Synergy's safety is at stake, but there is no reason why she can't confide the truth in Rio from the start...yet she doesn't, and never does tell him. There is barely an episode that goes by where she doesn't tell him some falsehood to cover her back. People have described Jetta as a compulsive liar, but Jem to me is several thousand times worse.
The Misfits are often said to be reactionary to Jem and the Holograms' actions, causing trouble for them, and often this is true. However, Jem is equally as fixated with beating the Misfits. In Last Resorts, she's more concerned that 'Eric will win' than the fact the resort owner might lose his lifetime's work. In both The Beginning and Glitter and Gold she only gets involved to spite the Misfits and Eric - the Holograms are only initially created in order to get back at Eric Raymond for monopolising Starlight Music.
Jem is also possibly the show's bitchiest character. In Music Is Magic she makes several unpleasant asides to other Holograms about the magicians, particularly Devon Silverstone, and she is often scornful and mocking of the Misfits and their music. Arrogant might be too strong a word for her, but she verges on it on occasion. In Britrock, despite the fact that Roxy and Pizzazz at least are innocent of any wrong-doing, she decides to humiliate them in the kitchens anyway.
In Jem Jam, she merely stands and laughs as the Misfits crash their gadget (from a height of several feet!) and in Music Awards she deliberately creates a hologram of a bird in front of Pizzazz to make her crash her hangglider into a tree...
Positive factors for Jem exist too...yeah, they do and I will concede them. The only thing is, that in my mind they only occur when Jem is actually Jerrica. Jerrica does care about the Starlight girls - in Alone Again she is constantly trying to help Laura, and in A Father Should Be she and the Holograms go in search of Banee's father. Jerrica also allows the Misfits onto the train in Rock and Roll Express to prevent them being stranded.
I actually think Jem is schizophrenic...she and Jerrica are often like two totally different people. I don't find either real appealing, but I'd take Jerrica any day over Jem. Jerrica shows several very human foibles - she and Kimber have an entertaining sister relationship, she loses her temper, gets stressed, and basically does what any normal person would do in the situation she is in. Jerrica perhaps is overprotective of Kimber, even to the point of abusing her right to privacy (Bands Break Up when she searches Kimber's room for the contract) and comes close to a violent reaction (Father's Day, after the video shoot), but she has an overactive sense of responsibility since her parents are dead and though for Kimber it must be a pain to have a sister who classes you sometimes in her mind as much her charge as the Starlight girls, all in all you can tell Jerrica cares for Kimber, as she admits herself towards the end of Bands Break Up. Particularly touching too is the scene where she remembers her last meeting with her mother - you can't help but feel for her there.
But once the pink hair is on, she's a different girl. There is...nothing positive I can find to say about her...her misnomas glare out too plainly to be balanced. Words like cheating, revenge, lying, and laughing at another's misfortune should not be applicable to someone who is a 'heroine' of a television series, but all of them apply to Jem. Sure, she takes a lot of harassment from the Misfits, more than most human beings could probably stand, in all truth...but if you're the good guy, there are levels you don't stoop to.
She should have stuck to being Jerrica...Synergy, you created a monster.