<raises hand> I'll be a geek! Pick me!
I just finished watching it and I loved it. I had heard that it was going to be a lot "lighter", with much more humor this season, and so far I'm not disappointed. Of course having Joss Whedon write the episode, instead of Marti Noxon, always helps. Clearly they're trying to set Dawn up as Buffy's replacement, and I don't know if that's going to work, but I'm just so relieved that she's STOPPED WHINING!! God, she got on my nerves last season.
Check out Xander with the suit and the nice car! He turned into a middle-aged dad overnight, didn't he? What is he, all of 22 years old?
They need to come up with something interesting for Anya to do. I've been waiting 2 years for her to turn back into a vengeance demon, and now she's just going to sit around drinking coffee with Halfrek and moaning about her impotence? Bleah.
Loved that we're back in the old high school and that they're setting up this season as "the Hellmouth strikes back."
Thought the scenes between Willow and Giles were really sweet. Interesting that Willow gets to "keep" her rogue power but has to deal with the consequences of using it. It broke my heart when Giles asked, "Do you want to be punished?" and she said sadly, "I just want to be Willow."
Not quite clear on what's going on with Spike. He got his soul back, but it drove him insane? At least they're trying to do something different than just having him be Angel Redux.
And how cool was it to have the Parade O' Villains at the end? I'm always happy to see the Mayor again. I loved that guy.
Do we think the new principal's going to turn out to be a White Hat or a Black Hat? And, hey! Buffy got a new job with a little more dignity than slinging grease at the Doublemeat Palace. Oh, and I do hope that we find out what that opening sequence in Istanbul was supposed to be about.
All in all, an auspicious start.
I'll be shutting up now. :imbar