YES!!! Buffy rant!
I've been wanting you to get to this one so much so we could talk about Willow for a bit.
So, one of the complaints for this season is that they seemingly couldn't stick to one story development for Willow, so they ended up going somewhere stupid (MagicCrack). It turns out that it was fear that Willow couldn't be redeemed. There's conflicting stories about whether Alyson Hannigan herself asked for the story to go in a different direction early on when they were hinting towards power corruption early on. Hence MagicCrack and killing off Tara. That way, Willow isn't just power-hungry and evil as she assumes the role of the Big Bad this season.
I don't think this is a spoiler since it doesn't really make a difference on Buffy this or next season, but Warren actually comes back to life and shows up on Angel, which is ******** since she completely killed him!
The Spike thing is another baffling plot point to season 6 haters.
The official sassy recaps thread? Heh. Can't wait whatever you decide to do!