The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Descendants of the Sun – Season 1, Episode 11

Mo-Yeon began treating the infected patients, including Myeong-Joo, on Descendants of the Sun, episode 11, and once she and her team had successfully treated them, Argus kidnapped her in attempt to retrieve his stolen diamonds.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

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

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Shi-Jin sets out to rescue Mo-Yeon from Argus.

 

 

Episode 11 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 11. Episode 11 did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Named women (of which there were a couple in episode 11) talked to each other on several occasions in episode 11, and the episode passed the Bechdel test because on two of those occasions, named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Mo-Yeon told Myeong-Joo to cry if she needed to and Ja-Ae and Min-Ji discussed medical treatments). Episode 11 passed the race test because there were many instances where non-White individuals 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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