After how impossible it seemed the beast was to hurt in previous fights I was wondering what it was going to take to beat him. I thought it was going to take something drastic or special or ingenious, or something like the slayer spell/boost like the one Buffy used to beat Adam in S4. Then he gets stabbed in the back and just like that he's finished. Does anyone else feel it was kind of a copout? It not only happened too easily, but it was also real unimaginative. After building up that guy, that's the best they can come up with to finish him? An all-too-convenient special artifact (that the beast carelessly allows to be taken from him) one back stab and that's it? It's like the writers got themselves into a corner and didn't know how to get out...or they felt lazy or suddenly uninterested and thought, "oh we'll just get rid of him this way real quick". I expected something epic or ingenious.
How did Faith ever think she didn't have leadership skills? She comes in and takes right over. Gunn: "I hold my own." Faith: "That's a shame." Heh. And Connor's little smile when she put him in his place - I think he's in love!
If you mean compared to season 7, Angel's group was far more experienced and easier to mobilise than Buffy's group. The only person Faith had to wrangle on Angel's group was Connor and he did low-key respect (and fancy) Faith so with a bit of pushback he was kept in line.
With Buffy's group most of them are scared or very difficult.
I also think it’s a case of being away from Buffy who she has always felt inferior to. She feels like the second rate slayer when she’s back in Sunnydale, hell it’s like the wrote into her redemption arc that the could never be Buffy’s equal.