Gilligan’s Soliloquy

TV or not to TV, that is the question

Whether ‘tis nobler for the stomach to suffer

The future of outrageous coconut cream pies

Or take bad dialogue from character actors

And by opposing, end them, and get cancelled after three seasons

To flee, to fly

To be rescued? We say the end to

The heartache, and the thousand bad jokes

That television is heir to, ‘tis a consummation (hopefully)

Devoutly to be wished. To die, to get canned, to sleep,

Perchance there are reruns?

Ay, there’s the rub

For in that cancellation and reruns, paychecks may come

When we have shuffled off our bad wardrobe

And should give the Skipper pause? There’s the respect

Who makes calamity of typecasting

Who would bear the whips and scorns of reruns?

The reviewer’s wrong, the insulting abuse

The pangs of being despised, or loved, and fan websites

The insolence of the network, and the spurns

The patient merry of th’ unworthy takes (over and over and over. Hey, this isn’t Shakespeare!)

When he, (that’s me,Gilligan) might his quietus make

With bare contract, burdens and little cash

Clueless and sweating under a weary L.A. set

But that the dread of cancelation

That rediscovered country of joblessness

Typecast emerges, puzzles, the agent

And makes us rather bear those ills of doing info-ads late at night (or candy bar ads in the afternoon)

Than to fly to others, like mom and dad, asking for money

Thus conscience, does make cowards of us all

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o’er the entire cast of Gilligan’s Island

Our enterprises, of great pitch and moment

With this regard our currents run awry

And lose the name of “action” — soft you now

The fair Ginger and Mary Ann, nymphs of my hammock

Be all my sins remembered



15 Comments on “Gilligan’s Soliloquy

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  3. That TV show is good to stare at and, as Björk put it, stop thinking about what you’re looking at and get hypnotized. Sufficiently soliloquized as a disappointing frolic.

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