The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The 100, “Stealing Fire” – Season 3, Episode 9

The new Commander was chosen on The 100, “Stealing Fire,” and when Clarke and Titus learned that Ontari had inherited the position, they took matters into their own hands and did their best to prevent her ascension.

At Arkadia, in the meanwhile, the rescue of Kane, Lincoln and Sinclair was attempted, and while the mission was largely succeeded, one major character did die in the process.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Stealing Fire” did not pass the Bechdel test but it did pass the Russo and race test.

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Lincoln turns himself in to Pike.

 

There were a couple of named women in “Stealing Fire,” but the episode did not pass the Bechdel test and “Stealing Fire” did not pass this test because named women never actually talked to each other. “Stealing Fire” did, however, pass the Russo and race test.

There were three LGBTI characters in “Stealing Fire,” Clarke, Miller and Bryan, and the episode passed the Russo test because these charcters weren’t solely defined by their sexual orientation (e.g., Clarke and Miller were also defined as being rebels and Bryan was defined as being a betrayer) and because their removal from “Stealing Fire” would have significantly affected the episode’s plot (e.g., Clarke, Miller and Bryan’s removal from the episode would have significantly affected the plot because they played large and important parts that contributed to the episode’s plot).

As to the race test, “Stealing Fire” passed this diversity test because there were a couple of instances where some of the non-White individuals that were in the episode talked to each other without mentioning White people.

*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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