The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Vampire Detective – Season 1, Episode 12

Vampire Detective came to a close the other night. What happened in the finale? Well, Tae-Woo forced San to shoot someone; Yo-Na’s beau died; Yo-Na and Yoo-Jin also presumably died; and San and Tae-Woo went AWOL. So, yeah, the finale was a super peppy/clean conclusion. Can anyone say second season?

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 12 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Gyeo-Wool returns with good news – she has found San.

Episode 12 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this diversity test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people so there were innumerable instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 12 failed to pass either of these diversity tests.

There were several named women in episode 12 and while there were even instances where some of these women talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other. Episode 12 did not pass the Russo 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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