Tuesday, September 06, 2005

G'Nite, Little Buddy...

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RIP.

[[ Bob Denver, the bumbling namesake of "Gilligan's Island" who embarked on what was supposed to be a three-hour tour and endeared himself to generations of TV fans, has died at age 70. ]]

Don't know exactly why... but this one makes me very, very sad.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Tsar Lazar said...

"but this one makes me very, very sad."

Yeah, me too. Like you I'm not sure why; perhaps a lament for not only the humor of his character and the ensemble that surrounded him, but also, I think, for the last gasp of TV as a family-available medium.

In spite of the fact of having two babes on the cast, there were no sex jokes or innuendo. Absent also was the now-seemingly-obligatory gay character. Absent were the anti-Conservative stereotypes: the Greedy Businessman (Thurston Howell really doesn't count on this one...), the Amoral Republican Pol, the Government Conspiracy Type (Smoking Man from X-Files, for instance), and of course Hollywood's favorite love-to-hate character, the Believing Christian.

I short, the show was innocent, mindless fun of the kind that will not be seen again. So I think the passing of Gilligan, for our generation that grew up with him, marks the close of an era that was a bit safer and quite a bit more restrained in the way it expressed itself (which is odd, considering the show came out in the 60s). I felt sort of the same way when The Skipper died a few years back.

And the cool thing about him was, when he lectured at my University while I was in undergrad school, Denver, like all great character actors, thoroughly loved the fact that he would forever be remembered as Maynard G. Krebs or Gilligan; he was no prima donna in search of an identity.

So anyway, that's my $0.02 worth. Like you, I mourn the loss of Island innocence and the hours of comedy it gave me as a kid.

Pomoze Bog.
Tsar Lazar

7/9/05 07:08  

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