The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Agent Carter, “The Edge of Mystery” – Season 2, Episode 8

Wilkes went to the dark side and he began working with Frost on Agent Carter, “The Edge of Mystery.” The result? More Zero Matter was created and Wilkes became one with the substance.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“The Edge of Mystery” did not pass the Bechdel, Russo or race test.

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Wilkes is drawn by the Zero Matter that he and Frost created.

There were a couple of named women in “The Edge of Mystery,” but there were rarely any instances where these women talked to each other. In fact, named women only talked to each other twice in “The Edge of Mystery” (e.g., Carter and Frost bartered the uranium rods in exchange for Wilkes and Ana asked Rose about Mr. Jarvis’ whereabouts), and on both of those occasions, they mentioned men so the episode did not pass the Bechdel test. “The Edge of Mystery” also failed to pass the Russo and race test.

“The Edge of Mystery” did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode. “The Edge of Mystery” did not pass the race test because while there were two non-White individuals in the episode 9 (Wilkes and an Asian doctor), 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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