Yup, all those last-minute surprise weapons were cringeworthy.1) NO cop-out amulet! Yeah it was great to have Angel swing by, yeah the deus ex machina was sorely needed because they'd apparently forgotten how to write stories that needed endings (don't create invincible odds/villains that needs defeating), but it's such a disappointment to have a magical doo-hickey save the day! (Also, you get one magical get-out-of-jail free card, that's the scythe, don't come at me with magical jewellry on top of this!)
I think Buffy was right to refuse the extra demonyness from the Shadowmen, so I liked that part in terms of 'beating down the patriarchy'. But yes the decsion to empower every potential worldwide is a troubling perpetuation of what was done to her - she essentially imparts them with the same demon spirit that is in her. If it had just been the Potentials in the room then it would have made more sense because they were the only ones who chose it.2) If anyone is getting Slayer powers it's gonna be Buffy doubling up in Get It Done. Having her refuse it and 'beating the patriarchy' down only to force it upon thousands of unasked girls (below mentioned 'master race') because like 12 of them said - yeah ok - is not girl power. It's Buffy turning into the new Watcher's Council, forcing an unwanted destiny upon clueless innocent girls, with unknown ramifications.
To be fair, while Buffy's final word is 'Spike', you could argue it's not the final statement of the show, which I think is contained in Buffy's smile when asked 'what are we gonna do now?'. I can see how it annoys people though.4) Have Buffy save the day. This is Buffy's final stand. I want to see Buffy win and conquer once more, not go through with a half-baked plan that ultimately is only a way to stall the bad guys until the amulet kicks in. The final words of the show being "Spike" makes me want to rip my eyes out and scream, am I watching Spike the vampire? Charmed? It's Buffy's show, for pete's sake, if you want a grand finale it should be hers, after seven years dammit she's earned it.
HA!at this point they could've just stuffed it with Andrew or something.