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Atomic Seeds reach Gilligan’s Island. Fun follows.

A mysterious crate of vegetables washes up on the island of our favorite castaways.  But everyone’s favorite everyman–Gilligan–doesn’t notice the warning label, of course:  they’re radioactive!

And though the seed packets look strangely similar to C.J. Speas’ Atom-blasted Seeds, the science is wrong here.   C.J.’s seeds had been irradiated…but they weren’t themselves radioactive.  His seeds had been altered by ionizing radiation, but they didn’t produce it themselves; they were not a source of radiation.

Radioactive seeds from 1966 Gilligan's Island as an example of midcentury atomic garden culture

 

The episode closely follows the hopeful premise of the atomic garden movement:  that irradiated progeny would germinate and grow rapidly, and fruit heavily.

It also repeats the cultural trope–previously seen in comic book superheroes–that radiation imparts strength.  After consuming the ‘radioactive’ vegetables,  Gilligan can lift whole tree trunks, MaryAnn can see boats that are miles away, and the feckless Mrs. Howell becomes exhaustingly energetic and industrious.

 

To see the entire “Pass the Vegetables, Please” episode, click on the link

https://123movies.is/film/gilligans-island-season-3-11650/watching.html