The comics had some racial stuff going on with the Topknot gang, so it's not out of place for this show. As for the show being called Watchmen, you do know that Jeremy Irons is playing Ozymandias?
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I do know that, I consider myself a pretty informed person in the pop culture realm. I read WATCHMEN for the first time when I was 11 years old, and I'd bet I've read it 30 additional times since,
I've also read a lot about how this show came to be and seen multiple interviews with Lindelof explaining his concept for it. I've also read his "heart felt" apology to Alan Moore for bastardizing his material.
Having said that, and if my credentials are up to your standards, I stand by my opinion that Lindelof's idea and concept are fundamentally foreign to what WATCHMEN is actually about and I still think he's shoehorning his own ideas (good for him!) into the "WATCHMEN" universe for some crazy reason I still don't get.
On the subject of Ozymandias, played in the show as you have cleverly pointed out by actor Jeremy Irons, the character we've seen so far in the show seems more than a little bit off.
Anyone who's read WATCHMEN knows the character is a bit of an orientalist in his philosophies and aesthetics (Egyptian pharaohs, the Asia conquering Alexander the Great, multiple references to buddhism, zen practices, left wing political inclinations, long etc.) so to see him living in a victorian english mansion with traditional butlers dressed as a lord in hunting season is a bit, as I've said about the show's pilot in general, "puzzling" indeed.
So in short, I've noticed that the show uses some characters from the original comic (I've also seen there are some Rorschach masks around!) but I still don't get why this racial relations allegory set in Tulsa, Oklahoma needed to be called WATCHMEN, let alone pretend it's some sort of sequel to it. Maybe we'll get to know in future episodes!
But I'm obviously glad you liked it, and found it to be "not out of place"! In this forum, where fidelity to the comic book source material is always a big deal, it's definitely a breath of fresh air.