It's not the Buffy we know and love, but I actually feel like it was weaker in season 5...
Maybe it was just the abiding hatred I had for Glory as a character.
My biggest complaint about this season is actually the sheer volume of throwaway characters. Keeping track of the Slayerettes is just something I'm not willing to devote any time to, even if it does provide Willow with a jailbait-ish girlfriend. At least they're having the good taste to thin the numbers as we truck along...Nameless blond #2, stabbed in the gut-- alas(they so should've had the Rennt Lola parody-girl survive and whacked a generogirl-- is it just me?)
So anyway-- enh. It's going out on a much, much higher note than, say, the X-Files. Which is...Something anyway.
In part, Eliza Dushku just makes me want to skin kittens with a 2x4.
Also, I don't like inexplicable magical abilities. It's a vampire so it can bite stuff, and it can climb up walls and so on. It's a werewolf, so it's big and hairy and clawy.
It's the First so it can... uhm... well, it can do anything it wants to? It's the lack of definition that's cheesing me off here, though Father Calen the Occasional Sampson Stand-In illustrates it beautifully in a nutshell. Who is this guy? What happened to him? Where'd he come from? How'd he come to be able to throw a human being 40' without even breathing heavy? It's setting off the bullshitometer for me.