As envisioned by Kenneth Johnson, "V" in its original incarnation served as an allegory of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. As to the new version of the show, executive producer Scott Peters and departing executive producer Jeffrey Bell have said if it can be viewed as a parable to life in America post-9/11 with themes of terrorism and not truly knowing who your neighbors are. Many in the media have taken to the idea that the show is an attack on the Obama administration.
As to what allegory the show may be addressing, new executive producer/showrunner Scott Rosenbaum notes, "I'd rather not be too specific. I might answer that later, but if it's an allegory for anything, I might just say it's an allegory for the human condition. That's very vague, but I want people to watch it and make that choice. By the way, I'm not just doing this show because I have a message to tell. I'm just telling what I think is the most interesting story. Yes, there is a worldview, and is my opinion on humanity going to be influencing it a little bit? Yes. I will say this, it's not necessarily a political statement, and I don't think it's an attack on anyone.
"You watch and everyone is going to have a different opinion on it," he continues. "And by the way, even if I was anti-Obama, and I'm not, I would be a fool to be judgmental about his administration this early on. The man deserves an opportunity to implement what he's trying to do. I don't know if it's going to work -- I understand why some people are concerned -- but the idea of judging him this early, and reacting so strongly, isn't fair. I wouldn't do that to a Democratic President, I wouldn't do that to a Republican president, I wouldn't do that to anybody. I think you should give people a chance to do their job. So the answer is no. But the fun of it is, is that hopefullypeople will read into things. The truth is, a Republican or Democrat could look at the show and the Republican could say it's about Obama, and the Democrat could say it's about the Bush administration. People see it the way they want to. I do think there are some truths in there, but it remains to be seen what they are."