The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The 100, “Red Sky at Morning” – Season 3, Episode 14

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On The 100, “Red Sky at Morning,” Murphy and Co., Clarke and Co., and Raven and Monty all worked separately to destroy Alie and while all of their solutions were viable, none ultimately worked.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Red Sky at Morning” passed the Bechdel, Russo and race test.

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Raven hacks into Alie.

Named women (of which there were a few in “Red Sky at Morning”) talked to each other a couple of times in “Red Sky at Morning,” and because on one of those occasions named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Alie and Emori discussed Alie’s programing), the episode passed the Bechdel test.

“Red Sky at Morning” also passed the Russo test, and the episode passed this test because there was one LGBTI character in “Red Sky at Morning,” Clarke, and she was not solely defined by her sexual orientation (e.g., she was also defined as being a rebel) and her removal from “Red Sky at Morning” would have significantly affected the episode’s plot (e.g., her removal from the episode would have significantly affected the plot as she was one of the main pushing forces behind one of the three main storylines).

As to the race test, “Red Sky at Morning” also passed this diversity test, and the episode passed this test because there were a couple of instances where non-White individuals (of which there were several in “Red Sky at Morning”) 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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