The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Descendants of the Sun – Season 1, Episode 6

Shi-Jin returned to South Korea on Descendants of the Sun, episode 6, and right when Mo-Yeon was about to return to South Korea as well, a natural disaster struck Uruk.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 6 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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A powerful earthquake hits Uruk.

There were a couple of White people in the primarily non-White cast of episode 6 and while non-White individuals occasionally talked to or about White individuals, the episode still passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White. Episode 6 did not, however, pass any other diversity test.

There were a couple of named women in episode 6 and there were instances where some of these named women talked to each other, but the episode, nonetheless, did not pass the Bechdel test because whenever named women talked to one another, men were referenced.

Episode 6 did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*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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