The bad news is everything else. Hey, we all know where the divide is here on which fans are enjoying the season, and maybe that's all that needs to be said about it. But if you're on my side of the divide, I can tell you categorically that there is no coming back from this. There is no future issue coming in which Buffy realizes that her choices regarding Spike are the reason she's lost her self-respect, not the antidote for it. This is the story. While I don't doubt that the relationship will run its course, whatever ends it isn't going to provide a satisfactory response to our objections.
I don't really want to harass the creative team over this, since I don't bear any of them as individuals any ill-will. Putting the story before the demands of the audience is a tricky business, and they're now left with all the detriments of Whedon's screwy priorities and none of the benefits of his genius writing. I also don't want to keep up the maintenance on my longtime hope that the decay of the story will eventually speak for itself - it might, but that won't affect its popularity one way or another and it's not my business if it does. When it comes to stuff like the Twilight series I've always insisted on defending the fans even while criticizing the work, and maybe it's time to apply that policy here.
All in all I guess what I'm trying to say is that this might not be my primary fandom forever. Brain bleach just isn't cutting it. The only thing I really feel like writing for lately is Guardians of the Galaxy, anyway.