I haven't seen the show, but the premise bothers me.
Not because there's anything wrong with this, nor is there anything wrong with Buffy, or with River Tam. They're all fine characters and shows on their own
But added together I'm beginning to see them less as "strong, independent women
" and see it more as "Joss totally has this superior-female sexual fantasy where he gets all hot at the idea of being beat up by a woman.
All these characters are starting to feel less like characters to me and more like his personal, imaginary playthings.
I had that thought a while back, and now I see there's a show where the characters are compared to dolls and have their memory wiped each week to suit their master. Is he a mind reader? How did he sense my suspicions and make an entire show about them?
It feels to me like he's starting to parody himself, which is never a good sign.
Again - I haven't seen it, these are just my feelings based on the concept.