I tend to take a lot of what James says with a pinch of salt. For me, there's a deep, structural logic that necessitates it. That said, I also think JW underestimated the response to it and went into a defensive damage limitation mode with his remarks after the event.Joss frustrated with fans liking Spike to much and wanting to remind them that no he is evil like JM says
I'd go along with this. His "redemption" - in the fullest sense of the word - isn't immediate (baby steps) but i do think the text generates sympathy towards him which kinda belies James' claim.Either he's evil and we shouldn't like him because look what he did.
Or he's confused and fighting the monster inside of him which leads him to do evil things and now he's taking steps to become better because he knows he can't do it alone and he wants to be better - isn't that noble?
But to have him commit an act to try and get fans to stop liking him only to redeem him immediately is counterproductive to say the least.