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Here On The Island- Scholarly critique of Gilligan's Island (truncated)
Fight the Bias ^ | Sept., 2012 | Lewis Napper

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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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 3hourtour; gilligansisland; ssminnow
Ginger or Mary Ann?
1 posted on 09/28/2012 8:00:54 PM PDT by dynachrome
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To: dynachrome

Full title:

“Here On The Island - by Lewis Napper

A Scholarly Critique of the Style, Symbolism and Sociopolitical Relevance of Gilligan’s Island”


2 posted on 09/28/2012 8:01:52 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

MaryAnn.


3 posted on 09/28/2012 8:08:05 PM PDT by mirkwood
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To: dynachrome

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?


4 posted on 09/28/2012 8:15:21 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (I am become Barry... destroyer of wealth)
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To: mirkwood
MaryAnn.

Under the water tower.

5 posted on 09/28/2012 8:24:40 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: dynachrome

Mary Ann. She was totally hot.


6 posted on 09/28/2012 8:24:57 PM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: dynachrome
The radio is a permanent fixation for the islanders. It is almost exclusively entrusted to "the Professor" who, of course, exemplifies science and academia Ahhh, academia!.... the Professor displays grand incompetence in some crucial areas. He seems oblivious to the constant flirtations of both Ginger and Mary Ann. He is Academia with a capital A! He is gay, of course.He preoccupies much of his time with endeavors that can be of little or no value to anyone.Duh!!! He is Academia with a capital A! The most glaring area of failure is that the Professor is unable to repair the boat. With all of his extraordinary capabilities it is indeed a great misfortune that he does not even seem to be interested in the boat. Well, of course not. The Boat represents the Constitution, self-reliance, liberty, and equality of opportunity, not outcomes. OF COURSE he isn't interested in The Boat!
7 posted on 09/28/2012 8:31:31 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Come now, the question has been updated. . .

Inarra or Kaylee ???

(grin)


8 posted on 09/28/2012 8:31:41 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: dynachrome

Eunice Wentworth...


9 posted on 09/28/2012 8:43:26 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

10 posted on 09/28/2012 8:51:36 PM PDT by stormer
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To: dynachrome

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.


11 posted on 09/28/2012 8:57:28 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: dynachrome

Mary Ann, of course.


12 posted on 09/28/2012 9:00:37 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: dynachrome

Oh please.

Ginger.

That’s a given.


13 posted on 09/28/2012 9:05:00 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: dynachrome

Ginger is a pain in the * and good for nothing except looking at herself in the mirror. Mary ann is awesome.


14 posted on 09/28/2012 9:05:06 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: dynachrome

both


15 posted on 09/28/2012 9:07:02 PM PDT by Figment
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To: dynachrome
Mary Ann on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Ginger on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Both on Saturday Night.

Well deserved rest on Sunday.

16 posted on 09/28/2012 9:10:50 PM PDT by FredZarguna (When a first-rate intellectual like Samuel L. Jackson makes this kind of a video ... well ...)
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To: dynachrome
Then:

Or Now?


17 posted on 09/28/2012 9:11:04 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

Guilty before guilty now (Getty images links will get deleted by the FR Admins.)


18 posted on 09/28/2012 9:16:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: yarddog
Sherwood Schwartz was pretty clear in his concept for the show. He said simply, the cast had someone that every viewer could "identify" with.

Nothing deeper than that.

Even though our modern eyes may interpret things differently.

BTW, Mary Ann was the hot one!

19 posted on 09/28/2012 9:30:58 PM PDT by boop (It's not personal...it's strictly business)
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To: dynachrome
Mary Ann.
20 posted on 09/28/2012 9:33:48 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: dynachrome
Who's Ginger? Me Heart Mary Ann
21 posted on 09/28/2012 10:12:42 PM PDT by djone ( ......, we fire them in Nov..)
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To: djone

22 posted on 09/28/2012 10:15:15 PM PDT by djone ( ......, we fire them in Nov..)
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To: dynachrome
"Ginger or Mary Ann?"

The proper answer is always:

Mary Ann...

accept no substitutes!

23 posted on 09/28/2012 10:15:48 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: djone
No Question..... May Ann in the day!
24 posted on 09/28/2012 10:18:03 PM PDT by djone ( ......, we fire them in Nov..)
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To: dynachrome

Mary Ann


25 posted on 09/28/2012 10:18:24 PM PDT by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: djone
still a beauty..
26 posted on 09/28/2012 10:25:21 PM PDT by djone ( ......, we fire them in Nov..)
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To: djone

amen!!!!


27 posted on 09/28/2012 10:40:34 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa (Vote for Goode, end up with evil, pat self on back repeatedly)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

madness


28 posted on 09/28/2012 10:41:46 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa (Vote for Goode, end up with evil, pat self on back repeatedly)
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To: dynachrome

Ahhh, the good ole days!

If they were to redo the show now, Gilligan would be trying to nail the perfesser...

Sad but true.


29 posted on 09/28/2012 10:48:51 PM PDT by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: Salgak

Inarra!


30 posted on 09/28/2012 10:49:17 PM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

And don’t forget his statement to Ginger:

“Oooooooh, you fog up grasses!”

That could never get past the political correctness censors today!!


31 posted on 09/28/2012 11:14:27 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: mamelukesabre

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.


32 posted on 09/28/2012 11:37:56 PM PDT by berdie
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To: dynachrome

I shagged them both.

For the life of me, I’m still undecided !


33 posted on 09/29/2012 1:38:29 AM PDT by onona (no tagline here sir)
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To: dynachrome

> Ginger or Mary Ann?
Let’s see...
Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) was once Miss Nevada in the Miss America pagent.
I’d have to go with Mary Ann.


34 posted on 09/29/2012 5:19:14 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama loved the poor so much, he created millions more.)
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To: BuffaloJack

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.


35 posted on 09/29/2012 6:13:38 AM PDT by FreeManWhoCan ( (o) (o))
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To: dynachrome
Did you know the theme from Gilligan's Island was written with the same meter and rhyme scheme as Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner?

Gilligan:

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.

Coleridge:

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.'

36 posted on 09/29/2012 6:24:28 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: bigbob

What happened to Ginger’s chin and why does Mary Ann have a mug shot?


37 posted on 09/29/2012 7:02:27 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Joe 6-pack

That’s the most common meter in Western culture. Also known as common meter or common measure. Used in countless church hymns.


38 posted on 09/29/2012 7:05:13 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: dynachrome

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.


39 posted on 09/29/2012 7:16:07 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

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.


40 posted on 09/29/2012 9:23:20 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: bigbob

...and reality rears its ugly head.


41 posted on 09/29/2012 9:29:02 AM PDT by bannie ("The gov't that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.")
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To: dynachrome

How many shows on TV actually do Shakespeare? Only Harold Heckubar knows.


42 posted on 09/29/2012 9:42:27 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Salgak
Inarra or Kaylee ???

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.

43 posted on 09/29/2012 9:55:00 AM PDT by TexasBarak (I aim to misbehave!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL, Coleridge fits the tune alright!


44 posted on 09/29/2012 11:32:11 AM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Salgak

Kaylee. Cute as a freekin’ bug.


45 posted on 09/29/2012 4:54:15 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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