The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Agent Carter, “Monsters” – Season 2, Episode 7

Carter was determined to retrieve and rescue Dottie from Frost on Agent Carter, “Monsters,” but plans went awry, and while Dottie was rescued, it came at the expense of Wilkes and Ana.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Monsters” did not pass the Bechdel, Russo or race test.

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Jarvis and Carter wait to hear news of Ana’s condition after she has been shot by Frost.

There were a few named women in “Monsters” and there were a couple of instances where some of the named women talked to each other, but the episode, nonetheless, did not pass the Bechdel test, and “Monster” did not pass this test because every time named women talked to each other, men were mentioned. “Monster” also failed to pass the Russo and race test.

“Monster” did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode. “Monster” did not pass the race test because while there were two non-White individuals in the episode (Wilkes and a Black man who played an extra), there was never an instance where these two non-White individuals talked 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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