The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The 100, “Perverse Instantiation: Part Two” – Season 3, Episode 16

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In the conclusion of The 100, “Perverse Instantiation: Part Two,” Clarke implanted both the Flame and the chip in herself and she entered the City of Light. Clarke’s plan was to shut down Alie, but as Clarke traveled through the City of Light, she began to question whether destroying Alie was truly the best choice for humanity and she wondered if she, Alie, would actually be the one to save them.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Perverse Instantiation: Part Two” passed the Bechdel, Russo and race test.

The 100 - Episode 3.16 - Perverse Instantiation - Part Two (Season Finale)
Abby,  Bellamy and  Octavia protect Clarke’s physical body as she wanders the City of Light.

There were several named women in “Perverse Instantiation: Part Two,” and because there were many instances where some of these named women talked to each other without mentioning men, the episode easily passed the Bechdel test. “Perverse Instantiation: Part Two” also passed the Russo and race test.

“Perverse Instantiation: Part Two” passed the Russo test because there were two LGBTI characters in the episode, Clarke and Lexa, and they were not solely defined by their sexual orientation (e.g., Clarke was also defined as being a “hero” and Lexa was defined as being a commander) and their removal from “Perverse Instantiation: Part Two” would have significantly affected the episode’s plot as the episode largely revolved around these two.

As to the race test, “Perverse Instantiation: Part Two” passed this diversity test because there were a couple of non-White individuals in the episode and there was a single instance where some of the non-White individuals that were in the episode talked to each other without mentioning White people (e.g., Pike and Bellamy discussed fighting).

*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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