The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Wayward Pines, “Cycle” – Season 1, Episode 10

WAYWARD PINES: Ethan (Matt Dillon, L), Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon, C) and Amy (guest star Sarah Jeffery, R) in the "Cycle" season finale episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, July 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Liane Hentscher/FOX

Dr. Jenkins lost his shit on Wayward Pines, “Cycle” and unleashed the Abbies on the people of Wayward Pines. Nurse Pam tried to wrestle back control from him, but she was unsuccessful so Ethan took the townspeople and led them to the mountain in order to protect them from the Abbies.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Cycle” failed to pass all of the diversity tests, and the episode did not pass any of the diversity tests because every time named women talked to each other, they (directly or indirectly) mentioned men; because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode; and because the non-White characters in the episode never spoke to each other.

*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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