The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Liar Game (Korean), “Final Round I” – Season 1, Episode 11

On Liar Game, “Final Round I,” Da-Jung discovered that Woo-Jin was the one who destroyed L Company, and Da-Jung, Woo-Jin, Jaime, Do-Young and Dal-Goo played a game of Russian roulette.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Final Round I” passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

There were a couple of occasions where named women talked to each other in “Final Round I” and there was one instance where named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g. Da-Jung talked to her co-worker about the show) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. “Final Round I” also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because all of the characters in the episode were Asian and White people were never mentioned by the characters.

As to the Russo test, “Final Round I” did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*The Bechdel test entails three requirements:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

**The Vito Russo test entails three requirements:
1. The show contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender
2. The character must not be solely or predominately defined by her sexual orientation, gender identity and/or as being intersex
3.The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that her removal would have a significant effect

***The race or people of color (POC) test has three requirements:
1. It has two people of color in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a White person

****Just because a show passes the Bechdel, Russo and race test does not mean that it is not sexist, heterosexist, racist and/or cissexist, etc. The Bechdel, Russo and race test is only a bare minimum qualifier for the representation of LGBTI individuals, women and people of color in television. The failure to pass these tests also does not identify whether the central character was a woman, a person of color or a LGBTQI individual and it does not dictate the quality of the show.

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