The Trouble With Gilligan‘s Island
The following text below is NOT a review of "Gilligan's Island."
Just thought you would like to know.
The Show, Gilligan‘s Island
was not a fluke, it was a well-produced production that appealed (even today in reruns) to I dare say, every American in almost-every walk of life—and even in a handful of foreign countries. I cannot say this about all of the CBS comedies. But if you will look at the facts, you will not be surprised at the body of work by: Sherwood Schwartz (November 14, 1916 – July 12, 2011) and how he knew how to create (a) certain show for whatever state our society was evolving, and it worked. Well. Schwartz is also credited for creating The Brady Bunch. And Schwartz wrote the screenplays for these successful shows because this was his main occupation.
Gilligan‘s Island ran on The CBS network from September 26, 1964, to April 17, 1967.Three successful seasons. Pretty good for a handful of actors who were mostly unheard of. 98 – 25 minute programs, directed by Ida Lupino (YES! That actress in the 1950s); Stanley Z. Cherry and Rod Amateau.(This paragraph contains a major question in the “trouble” I had with Gilligan’s Island, but not now.)t
I Liked Both
Gilligan’s Island as well as The Brady Bunch, but for the element of time, and your patience, I will just keep (this piece) to the things that I have wondered about for many years concerning the cast-aways of Gilligan’s Island. I loved those actors. Especially Dawn Wells, “Mary Ann,” and who could blame me?
- The first piece of trouble I had with this show is the theme song. Pray tell why the 10-verse song, that told the entire plot in the singing? Not even CBS’ Beverly Hillbillies theme song could hold a light to Gilligan’s Island. But there is one exception: The Brady Bunch . . .”Here’s story of a lovely lady,” ya-da, ya-da, ya-da.
- Secondly, the show, Gilligan’s Island shows one image of The U.S.S. Minnow, the cruise boat that held “Skipper” Alan Hale, Jr., and “Gilligan” Bob Denver, and the other five passengers and after a horrendous storm, the boat was seen with a hole at the bottom of the hull. My thinking is that why didn’t “Professor” Russell John, use some of his very high I.Q., and use the materials available on the island, then repair the Minnow and get home?
- The cast on Gilligan’s Island always had an ample supply of food, but in “The Skipper’s” food allotment must have been fantastic! In the “years” he was on the island with the six other castaways, he never lost any weight, but by the same token, I can say the same thing about the rest of the crew. I had a theory about “Skipper’s” wide girth: with everyone tucked into their beds, it would not be impossible for him to sneak away and enjoy the cache of food that he had stashed the week prior to his “Food Raid.”
- Notice the faces of “Professor” Russell Johnson; “The Skipper” Alan Hale, Jr.; “Little Buddy/Gilligan” Bob Denver and “Thurston Howell, III” Jim Backus and you will see these men’s faces being slick-shaven just as if they used razors in their suitcases or purses that “Lovie” Natalie Shaeffer; “Ginger” Tina Louise and “Mary Ann” Dawn Wells carried with them. . .but what about when their razors were worn out? Even if “The Professor” Russell Johnson were to sharpen the edges of a sea shell, that work would not give the men’s faces and women’s legs with such a slick shave.
- And if “If The Professor” with his superior-intellect could have invented a Communications System like he did by inventing batteries for their transistor radio . . .the crew could have went home and lived out their lives happy as clams.
- “The Skipper” and “Little Buddy” not only had ONE suit of clothing, but their clothes must have been made with indestructible material because the two of them have had clothing that was worn and thread-bare.
- The island had many visitors over the years, but not one of them ever convinced the stranger(s) to help them fix The U.S.S. Minnow or help them to build a raft big enough for all of them to sail to freedom---which was how the cast-aways finally used their ingenuity (plus “The Professor’s help) and made this huge raft to get back home.
- If you are a die-hard “Gilligan” fan, let me ask: did you ever see the cast-aways dine on the many types of fish that were available in the waters near their island? I know. Fruits are great, but like any food, eating the same thing day after day can grow old. Right?
I have shared a lot of the unanswered questions that I have had with “Gilligan’s Island,” and if you know the answer(s), you can share them with me. The reason that I did not go further is I do not want to be the cause of “Reader Burn-Out,” and upset you. I need all of the friends that I can get.
And now hind-sight being 20/20, even with the obvious questions about “Gilligan’s Island,” we can assume that over the years, the seven cast-aways had bonded with each other so much that “if” they were to ever get home, they realized, although to themselves, that their lives would be so empty and listless, so staying on the island made good sense.
I did see the “Rescue From Gilligan’s Island,” and they had built a huge raft and were all waving good-bye to the island, and what would be just an island, but when they reached their homes, life and what went with it all changed so much that all of them were uncomfortable . . .so
All of them booked voyage again with “The Skipper”and “Gilligan,” and yes, history repeated itself, because a similar storm hit in the same place sending the cast-aways, you guessed it, back to their island and they were all so happy—hugging and crying with joy.
Tell me something. Why didn't anyone just have "Dorothy's" Ruby Slippers to be shipped to them and they could take turns . . ."Home. There's no place like home . . ."
February 27, 2019_______________________________
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