The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Reign, “Three Queens, Two Tigers” – Season 3, Episode 1

Reign -- "Three Queens, Two Tigers" -- Image Number: RE301a_0163.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scotland and France and Saamer Usmani as Martin de Lambert -- Photo: Sven Frenzel/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

On Reign, “Three Queens, Two Tigers,” Catherine and Queen Elizabeth worked on dethroning Mary; Mary learned that Francis was dying; Greer met a pirate; Lola found herself returning to Lord Narcisse; and Charles came back to court.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Three Queens, Two Tigers” did not pass the Bechdel, Russo or race test.

“Three Queens, Two Tigers” did not pass the Bechdel test, and the episode did not pass this test because while there were a couple of instances where named women talked to each other, men were always mentioned. The episode also failed to pass the Russo and race test, and the episode failed to pass these tests because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode and because there was only one non-White person in the episode who had a speaking part (Martin).

*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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