This is a very good point. Per our ongoing discussions of representation and the way prejudice (arguably meant to be read as racial prejudice, but also occasionally including queer cultural scripts) is handled on the show, it would be very disturbing to continue having all of the villains be Wesen. It’s already pretty disturbing that so far, a grand majority of the criminals each week have been Wesen (actually, have we had any non-Wesen criminals at all?).
I understand that this is partially a function of the show’s initial monster-of-the-week-plus-mytharc format, but considering the way they’ve built these themes into that format, it’s extremely problematic. They’ve basically created an allegory for the way certain groups are discriminated against and Othered in society…but at the same time they’ve shown a LOT of “bad” Others and relatively few “good” Others (who are “good” because they deny their original culture and nature, which is portrayed as inherently monstrous).
I’m sorry this will probably be a long post.
We actually had some non-Wesen criminals. I remember the kids in Danse macabre, who killed their teacher (even if it was a prank gone wrong). There was the drug dealer in the episode with the little blutbad girl and his brothers, who had Nick and Monroe at gun-point. Plus the neighbour who tried to abuse the girl sexually was also non-Wesen. And I think nobody from the gang, who killed the Yaguarete guy and then went after Zuris brother was Wesen. We also have Meisner (I think he’s only human), who killed Eric using a car bomb in Vienna, so he doesn’t care if there are innocent civilian victims.
So at least the depiction is not completely one-sided. Especially since Wesen are also the victims of crimes and not only delinquents. And there are Rosalee, Bud and his Eisbieber friends, who are neither victims nor criminals. But yes it is very little, compared to a huge amount of violent, criminal Wesen, which I find problematic. Especially since the Wesen part of this criminals is often based on predators, so the show implicates, that it is in some way in their nature. And that this Wesen (species) have a higher risk to become criminals.
And I think it is also problematic to have humans who are part animal as an allegory for certain groups, who have been discriminated and othered. Because these groups were often called savages and were compared to animals to dehumanize them. And now their representantives on the show are actual “animals”.
Plus the show dehumanizes Wesen as well. Wesen has always been another word for creature. So they are not human beings but creatures. It’s one thing when characters do this on the show, because it says something about the character. For example Nick does this. When he explains the word Wesen, he uses the word creature. Language shows our thoughts and influences our actions and thoughts. For Nick is killing a Wesen not the same as killing a human. And I was glad when Renard called him out on that. But it’s another thing when they use Wesen as an allegory and do this outside the show, for example on their website when they say “The creature of the week”.
Interestingly the German word “Wesen” is more neutral and brings also a different meaning.
1.the special or characteristic part of a thing,
3.something that exists or is thought to exist, esp. something that cannot be assigned to any category
4. human being, person (as a being)
Okay since English is not my mother language I hope my unterstanding of the word “creature” is correct and I haven’t missed some nuances in the English language and made a translation mistake.
Okay now we know for sure, that Stefania is not Seans mother. But I think that a reunion between Sean and his mother would still be very interesting. It might provide more information about Sean (I honestly crave for that) and I’m curious, why their relationship is so bad. (Besides the fact that they are both Hexen/Zauberbiests) I mean, Renard didn’t seem to be delighted, when his mother called him and his answers were kind of brusque. Plus in season 2 when he and Juliette suffered from the obsession curse, he never called his mother and asked for help or advice. After ignoring it/being passive way too long, he finally called Adalind and asked strangers/Monroe for help but never his mother. Why? Yes, it might be a plot hole or maybe it was more convenient for the writers not to involve his mother. But I think there is more behind it.