The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Vampire Detective – Season 1, Episode 7

San was placed in a compromising position on Vampire Detective, episode 7. So-Na had kidnapped his friends and she informed him that if he accomplished a task for her, she would release them unharmed, but if he didn’t, then they would be killed. San, of course, chose to assist So-Na, and as a consequence of his decision, San learned more about So-Na and he encountered an old face.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 7 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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It is revealed that So-Na’s boyfriend used to kill for her.

Episode 7 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 7 did not pass either of these diversity tests.

There were a couple of named women in episode 7 and while some of these named women occasionally talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because men were always referenced whenever named women talked to each other.

As to why episode 7 did not pass the Russo test, that is 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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