Animated Sci-Fi version of Gilligan's Island!
Okay, who hasn't wondered what a cross between Gilligan's Island and Lost
Space might be like? Me neither.
The whole idea of this show is absolutely baffling! The word "why" comes
mind more often than any other.
It breaks down like this: Gilligan, the skipper, the millionaire and his
wife, the movie star, the professor and Mary Anne get tired of living on
that island with or without Richard Hatch on it, so they decide to escape
building a space ship that will carry them to freedom. Instead,
predictably, it carries them to a different planet where they are doubly
screwed, because as far as their friends and family are concerned they were
lost at sea years before. Who would look for them in space? Now they have
to find a way to get back to Earth, not to mention the
So we get to see fun stuff like Gilligan becoming a lieutenant in the
military of a star-spanning conqueror and bossing around evil robots (no,
Lord help me, I am not kidding!).
Don't get me wrong, the show wasn't that bad. Rather funny at times, but
made about as much sense as, say, Three's Company in Space might! How
Mr. Belvedere's Planet, or Inter-stellar Family Affair? The Beverly
Rest assured, the idea of building a fully functioning spaceship to get
an island in the South China Sea to San Diego is never looked on as odd at
all, nor is the thought that the technology to build a rocket would pretty
much suggest the technology to build a boat, or a radio for goodness sake
already existing ever addressed at all.
It is a funny show, though, and certainly was a hit with it's target
audience. I suppose it doesn't have to make sense to be a hit! I mean...
look at Exorcist II!
Gilligan's Planet (1982) Reviewed by J.C. Mašek III who is solely responsible for his views about this review and for his morose urges to produce an all octogenarian Gilligan's Island version of Survivor! Take THAT Ginger!
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