The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Vampire Detective – Season 1, Episode 10

The newest episode of Vampire Detective was a super long flashback, and in this newest segment, it was revealed how exactly San, Yoo-Jin and Tae-Woo know each other and what their very last mission together actually involved.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 10 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Yoo-Jin and Tae-Woo infiltrate a pyramid scheme.

Episode 10 passed the race test, and the episode passed this test as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people so there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 10 failed to pass either of these diversity tests.

Episode 10 did not pass the Bechdel test because while there were a couple of named women in the episode (e.g., Yoo-Jin, Gyeo-Wool, Yo-Na and Se-Ra), there was never an instance where named women talked to each other. The episode did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 10.

*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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