The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: W – Two Worlds – Season 1, Episode 3

Yeon-Joo fell back into W on W, episode 3, and her life was placed in peril when Chul, piecing together bits of information and wanting information, threatened her.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 3 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Yeon-Joo flashes Chul in the hope that her action will send her back home.

Episode 3 passed the race test, and the episode 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 anyone White. However, while episode 3 managed to pass the race test, it passed no other diversity test.

Episode 3 did not pass the Bechdel test because while there were some named women in the episode, none of these women ever talked to each other (in fact, women only talked to each other once in episode 3 and that was when So-Hee talked to an unnamed female store employee).

As to the Russo test, episode 3 did not pass this diversity test because there were no characters in the episode who were identifiably LGBTI.

*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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