Originally Posted by sandiegojoe
The show is just a reflection of reality. If vampires showed up , they'd have to endure the same xenophobia any minority/sex/religious group etc. has to deal with in modern society.
Right. And not just reality at the moment, but how that reality is filtered through Ball's sensibilities (i.e. his being gay, which is something that should be taken into account).
If this show had been made in the 50's, the predominant metaphor might have been Communism/McCarthyism. In the 60's, race. Today, it's the gay issue. A hundred years from now, it could conceivably be about human clones, who knows. The bottom line remains the same, though. It's a show about "others" and how they fit into society and the discrimination, fueled by intolerance/hate/ignorance, faced when trying to become "mainstream."
At any rate, at whatever level one wants to view this show, whether it be simply as a campy vampire story or something with deeper social meaning, it has to be first and foremost entertaining. The show didn't hook me until this latest, third episode. There was more comedy, solid character development /interactions, and continued eye candy for all persuasions
. It's way too early to tell if this show will equal "Six Feet Under" in substance, but hopefully it will continue to get better, if Ball's past work is any indication.