Skip to comments.Here On The Island- Scholarly critique of Gilligan's Island (truncated)
Posted on 09/28/2012 8:00:46 PM PDT by dynachrome
Great works of literature often attempt to confront us with the obvious in such a way as to call the inevitable into question. Some strive to explain through metaphor that which is too complex or too abstract to state literally. Other forms seek only to capture some moment in time so that future generations may experience and learn from what has gone before them.
All of these qualities are ambitiously gathered in Sherwood Schwartz's masterwork, "Gilligan's Island." Through a thin veil of canned laughter, unpretentious slap-stick, and inexpensive production the complete modern sociopolitical predicament is brought to the light of day.
The island symbolizes society -- any modern western society. It presents a canvas for painting all of the issues of the latest, greatest countries. A simple vehicle with clear boundaries designed to remove all irrelevant, external stimuli from the story and its message. Simplify to clarify.
The Skipper represents official government. His authority stems not so much from democratic election as from the traditional role and powers of a ship's captain. This historical precedent seems to convey his right to leadership more than any personal characteristics or qualifications. The castaways rely on this symbolic "right" to leadership to unofficially consent to his capacity as governor.
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“Here On The Island - by Lewis Napper
A Scholarly Critique of the Style, Symbolism and Sociopolitical Relevance of Gilligan’s Island”
Ginger or Mary Ann?
Both at the same time...
And my fave episode is when “Girrigan” finds the left behind Japanese soldier.
“Ahh, Girrigan.. you are my plisoner” ...hilarious
That dude looked just like Margaret Carlson. Could one of you HTML pilots put up a “separated at birth” side by side pics of them?
Under the water tower.
Mary Ann. She was totally hot.
Come now, the question has been updated. . .
Inarra or Kaylee ???
I saw a TV interview with Thusrston Howell III, Jim Backus was actually a good friend of Sherwood Schwartz.
Despite that, he thought the show was sort of dumb. There were all kinds of social messages supposedly but Backus never understood any of them.
The only thing which made it a success was the cast which was actually pretty good. Also I think everyone likes to imagine what it would be like shipwrecked on a desert isle which had all the things needed for survival.
Also I kept imagining what I would do with Mary Ann.
Mary Ann, of course.
That’s a given.
Ginger is a pain in the * and good for nothing except looking at herself in the mirror. Mary ann is awesome.
Well deserved rest on Sunday.
Guilty before guilty now (Getty images links will get deleted by the FR Admins.)
Nothing deeper than that.
Even though our modern eyes may interpret things differently.
BTW, Mary Ann was the hot one!
The proper answer is always:
accept no substitutes!
Ahhh, the good ole days!
If they were to redo the show now, Gilligan would be trying to nail the perfesser...
Sad but true.
And don’t forget his statement to Ginger:
“Oooooooh, you fog up grasses!”
That could never get past the political correctness censors today!!
And may have been a pain in the real world.
I read somewhere that she thought the show was about her.
Hence, the name...Ginger’s Island.
I shagged them both.
For the life of me, I’m still undecided !
> Ginger or Mary Ann?
Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) was once Miss Nevada in the Miss America pagent.
I’d have to go with Mary Ann.
One of my favorite scenes wasn’t even in an episode. It was in the movie “Rescue from Gilligan’s Island”. The scene where the Howells hear their rich friends criticizing the Skipper and Gilligan as scum. The Howells come into the room and kicked them all out. It was a great scene.
The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.
The bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
And I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the feast is set:
Mayst hear the merry din.'
What happened to Ginger’s chin and why does Mary Ann have a mug shot?
That’s the most common meter in Western culture. Also known as common meter or common measure. Used in countless church hymns.
I always knew that Ginger and Mary Ann would just see a young boy, but Marcia and Jan from THE BRADY BUNCH? Oh, there was a sister-sandwich that Subway never dreamed of....but I did.
They show re-runs of “The Bradys” every weekday at 4 central time.
I have only seen a few but am surprised just how hot Marcia was, especially in pants and toward the end of the series.
Too bad she turned out to be a typical Hollywood skank.
...and reality rears its ugly head.
How many shows on TV actually do Shakespeare? Only Harold Heckubar knows.
That's not nearly as clear-cut a choice! Inarra and Kaylee are both useful, personable, and beautiful women who would be pleasant to be around (and not in competition with each other- not a minor point!).
While the above describes Mary Ann, Ginger is extremely self-centered and high-maintenance. That's what makes it a clear choice.
LOL, Coleridge fits the tune alright!
Kaylee. Cute as a freekin’ bug.
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