33. King Solomon’s Mines

Join Kaylia and Matthew as they discuss the racism, classism, misogyny, and homo-eroticism of the 1885 novel and the 2004 miniseries. Yeah, we went full Hallmark channel on this one… and yes, we explain why. Plus the obligatory Star Trek shout out, an overabundance of ambushes, and Chekhov’s gun(shot wound). Enjoy!

You might notice that this is NOT the film version we were promoting for a while. There is a very good reason for that… and we explain (in depth) the first bit of the episode.

To help you understand… here is the trailer for the 1950 movie.

Show notes:

White savior: in book and miniseries 

The term white savior, sometimes combined with savior complex to write white savior complex, refers to a white person who provides help to non-white people in a self-serving manner. The role is considered a modern-day version of what is expressed in the poem “The White Man’s Burden” (1899) by Rudyard Kipling.

Good Negro: 

A Black who is pretty much just like a White except for skin color. So, educated, respectful, knows their place, nonthreatening to white supremacy etc

Magical Negro

Afro-futurism

Terroir

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The Ancient Aliens Bullshit

Honorary whites

Great Zimbabwe City

Heat stroke vs heat exhaustion 

Edward Said “Orientalism”

The Hollywood Hays Code

Imperial romance

Mike Duncan who produces the History of Rome and the Revolutions podcasts and is… amazing.  

My other favorite historian podcaster, Dan Carlin 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Solomon%27s_Mines

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Solomon%27s_Mines_(2004_film)

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/nov/17/featuresreviews.guardianreview36

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v36/n07/katherine-rundell/fashionable-gore

https://steemit.com/africa/@gandhibaba/africa-is-not-a-dark-continent-racism-in-haggard-s-king-solomon-s-mines

https://www.grin.com/document/39223

https://www.grin.com/document/212822

https://variety.com/2004/scene/markets-festivals/king-solomon-s-mines-4-1200532901/

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