I agree that the context of the film is important, but seeing as how we just left a summer where women were greatly ignored, seemingly more so than usual, I find this Mako test to be a lower bar. The Bechdel test is already a pretty low bar, so stepping backward seems a bit counter-productive to me. “One woman? GOOD ENOUGH.”
I know the test doesn’t mention the size of the cast. I used “one woman in an ensemble cast” because that’s what Mako was. One woman in a very large ensemble cast. (I know people loved the Russian, but having no substantive lines and getting less than a minute of screen time, she was more of a set piece than a character.) Of course there is no “lady number threshold” or “percentage of women” that makes a film acceptable or unacceptable, but using that fact to justify only having ONE WOMAN is not really progress in my view. It’s an excuse.
There is one change to the test that would persuade me to take it a bit more seriously: Does the character affect the film’s overall narrative. A character can be well written (which I am not convinced Mako was) and have her own separate narrative and not influence the film in a significant way.