If you were the one plotting out the season what would you have done differently?
Personally I like a lot of the ideas from this season. Even though I’ve been fairly entertained by the episodes while they were on I must admit afterwords there have been parts that stuck with me and bothered me.
I would keep the geek trio. I would have a more gradual increase from petty crimes aided by magic/science to the total lunacy of Warren. I would also have made it harder for them to acquire the orbs, as that seems like a fairly good master plan for Warren who has some serious issues with his vulnerability.
Next I think the temporary Tara/Willow split made sense. Willow was abusing magic, and did a horrible thing to Tara. I would have drawn a distinction between the kind of magic they normally did and the power leaping from your finger tips type. That second type seems like something dangerous to play with. If Willow just gave that up and stuck to very minor things to relearn mastery over the art I think that would have been good.
Xander leaving Anya at the alter served no real plot purpose. Even the random death of Tara, despite being massively depressing, advances the plot in a real way. More over than being a useless bit of plot I don’t think it is really sensible. I would have had Xander return, yell at his parents and get the guests back into line. Then he would appologize for frightening Anya and have as nice a wedding as possible. They could have been away the next episode on honey moon and the lack of differences in their relationship after marriage could have reassured Xander that this was the right choice while Anya tried to figure out why no mystical change of state had occured. Amazingly they could be happy.
As for Spike/Buffy I would leave that in and have them discovered by way of the cameras (not sexing it up but arguing about their past relationship). It would lead to a good ol’ fashion intervention like from the earlier seasons. Buffy would explain she had broken it off with Spike, etc. The attemped rape would still be in there.
The most important thing is changing Warren’s revenge. I think he is an unbalanced lunatic who isn’t capable of bringing his full intelligence to bear on all matters, especially after being unmanned. Still I think a death trap would have been better. When Xander goes to make up with Buffy over the Spike thing (he would still have lingering issues and would storm out of a meeting that wasn’t going totally in the Spike bad direction) she would keep looking for cameras. She’d find something, poke at it and move in. Xander would recognise it and what it was connected to. He’d pull her out of the way of the gun (or other strong projectile) based trap. She gets a pretty bad hit and Warren’s revenge speech starts playing. We see the window Tara had looked through earlier broken and here Willow screaming. Inside the house Willow is hunched over Tara so we can’t see the extent of the injury.
That’s just me though I’d like to gere other fan’s visions for a better season six.