The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 11

Though his father was dead, Jin-Woo refused to give up on exacting revenge on Ilho group, and he began to pickoff Ilho’s goonies, one-by-one, on Remember, episode 11.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 11 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Jin-Woo visits his father’s memorial.

Episode 11 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people (i.e.,  every conversation that occurred in the episode only occurred between non-White individuals who never mentioned White people). The episode did not, unfortunately, pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

There were two named women in episode 11, In-A and Bo-Mi, and the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because these two women never spoke to each other (in fact, women, named or unnamed, never spoke to each other in episode 11). The episode did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 11.

*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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