The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: W – Two Worlds – Season 1, Episode 10

The villains of W took over on W – Two Worlds, episode 10, and as a consequence of their (the villain’s) new rule, Chul wound up on the run and Yeon-Joo was right there by his side.

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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A gun magically appears in Chul’s hand right after his friend is shot.

The entire cast of episode 10 was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned anyone White. As such, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning someone White so the episode easily met all of the race test’s requirements and thus passed this diversity test. Episode 10 did not, however, pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

Only two named women appeared in episode 10, Yeon-Joo and So-Hee, and because these women never talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test.

As to why episode 10 did not pass the Russo test, 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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