Tuesday, September 06, 2005

G'Nite, Little Buddy...


[[ 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.



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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