A satellite bound for Mars lands on the island. The castaways hope to use it to provide visual evidence to the world that they are still alive.



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A satellite bound for Mars lands on the island. The castaways hope to use it to provide visual evidence to the world that they are still alive.

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7 October 1965 (USA)  »

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The Skipper: There's a space up there, there's a space down here, and THERE'S A SPACE BETWEEN YOUR EARS!
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Referenced in This Ain't Gilligan's Island XXX (2009) See more »

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The Chicken People of Mars
11 December 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

A Probe that was on its way to Mars gets diverted and lands back on Earth. However, those back at NASA are not aware that the probe has actually landed on Gilligan's Island. Needless to say, once the castaways discover the probe, they attempt to tell NASA their plight. But someone, and you can guess who, manages to destroy that chance from ever coming true.

This is certainly one of the more farcical and fantastic plots of the Gilligan's Island series. Credit must be given to Booth Coleman and Arthur Peterson as the two NASA scientists making their observations in rather comical fashion.

Highlights include Mr. Howell's demand for getting more feathers and getting furious with Gilligan over "not" telling the secret, Gilligan describing the probe to the Skipper, the Skipper casual laughing at Gilligan who is listening to the radio, the interview of the two NASA scientists by the CBS reporter, Gilligan trying to keep up with the sap pouring from the trees. the visual gag of the Skipper's shoes and socks getting stuck in the sap, Bancroft checking his own name tag when answering the phone (a great little bit), and the final glue plus chicken feather fiasco.

All in all, this is an episode perhaps just a bit too strange to take. It moves in fits and starts and is really just too far out there to believe. However, it must be said that the first sight of the "chicken people" is quite funny indeed.

Tidbits & Trivia

  • For the first time (and only time I believe) we see a hut close to

the lagoon. From the tools outside, it appears to be some type of equipment or tool shed.

  • So, Mrs. Howell doesn't know what a lens is? Anyway, her huge diamond

engagement ring last scene in the first season episode "The Big Gold Strike".

  • You can see the CBS "eye" symbol on the interview's microphone.

  • The discussion about getting sap out of a tree makes it appear that

they've never done that before...but they certainly have, just consider the first season episode, "Goodbye Island".

  • So, if they have finished with the glue after repairing the

lens...why is Gilligan still boiling the pot full of glue?

  • You know, all the castaways had to do was put a single sign up in

front of the probe instead of waiting around. Oh well.

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