As far as the whole Drew age question. I think that writers originally thought him up as a vamp turned in the 1950's, but later on they changed their minds. I think they wanted to dig deeper into his artistic ways, which really wouldn't work as well if they left him as a 1950's vamp. They may have wanted him to have more depth and room for secrets; maybe even to be an even more of a romantic character. Renissance is much more romantic than the 1950's, the age would have given more for the writers to work with, and it would have made more sense for him to be an artist coming out of that peirod. Now that I think of it, his wardrobe wouldn't really have made any sense if he was that young. Someone from the 1950's would have thought Drew's garb was ridiculous, even if he had grown accostume to it over the years. It's much more reminisant of the early periods. I also have to say that he seemed to be much more bruding(sp) than a vamp in his 70's. If you look at vamps across the board, it took other vamps at least a good 100 yrs to be so bruding(sp). I'd also like to point out that VH had a 3 month hyadus(sp) when producers cut funding and either the first or second episode that aired right after that break was "The Portrait"; so maybe the writers had that time to reconsider and rewrite him as Renissance artist.....but this is all speculation and conjucter:-D
As you may recall, each vampire was forced to revisit the kill he/she most regretted - and I always suspected that the 1950's incident was actually not when Drew was made, but when he began to long for a mortal life.
I saw it as the time when he chose to try to reject the solitude and repetition of a vampires "life", with which he had become hopelessly jaded, and try to blend in and interact with the humans. Though his nature eventually took over and led to him attacking his friend - his attempt did not go unnoticed by the Elders and this is why they selected him for the Manbridge Project in the first place. Heck, it might even have been the event which put it in their minds to attempt such an ambitious and dangerous course in the first place.
However, these are just my little rambling thoughts, of course. And there's so much can be read into the story which may not have been intended... or maybe they were? Dya think Mark might answer that question of intention or accident, Scanjet? *lol* Doubtful, since I think he'd like to keep some mystery in there.
You know I didn't think of it like that and that's a pretty cool idea:) It works more with the story and I think mine might be a bit too practical for the imaginations of VH fans:P I'm still going to hold on my theory tho, just b/c I really don't think Murrdock would have had his hands on highschool transcripts from the Renissance (because there were none especially if our Drew was an artist) and it really wouldn't make sense to fabricate school records for the experiment.
Besides, I thought the whole issue with our lovely vamps was that they couldn't go through any long periods of time with a human without endangering their lives. I don't think Drew would have been able to form this strong friendship with a human if he couldn't spend more than an hour without wanting to tear his head off. Especially not a strong enough friendship to the point where Drew would want to turn him.
Whoops! There I go thinking way too much about this! Didn't realize how invested I was until I ramble myself:D I guess I found my favorite character (figures he would be the brooding type:P). And still I'm curious on anyone's take on the subject:) Thanks for your thoughts Lissa....and now my wheels are spinning with the possibilities of your statement:)
Idk, I think that Marty might be a 'good old boy' from the U. S. of A. Losing a British accent is just too sad to think about:P I'm guessing he was probably turned during the early years of U.S. settlement. Eh, but's the feel I got from it.