I've forgotten...have you bought any tickets for any tour dates yet, Tam?
It looks like the GA floor is now all sold out for my August 12th show, but there are plenty of seats in the other sections. I predict about 85% of the tickets will be sold by the day of the concert. The staff at the 2014 Deer Lake Park show said that was sold out (they may have been lying), and I think that venue holds around 10,000 people. Rogers Arena holds over 16,000 for hockey, but the stage set-up probably cuts off one-third of the seats. Mind you, the area where the ice surface generally is is the floor area, and that's probably ~1000 people right there.
Yeah, if you dig the Funhouse and Test Drive episodes of The Sopranos, you'll probably quite enjoy Restless. It's pretty weird, very visually-striking, and foreshadows a ton of events that happen later in the series.
Re: the dialogue of the series, Joss got especially expressive with the show's British characters (Spike and Giles). As you've probably noticed, there's also a lot of dark humour on the show, particularly once Anya comes aboard.
A lot of folks had that reaction to BtVS, myself included. The first half-season is very modest cpmpared to Season 2 and beyond, but I ended up catching the second half of Season 2 (when the show really hit its stride) in repeats the summer after it originally aired, and watched it live from Season 3 on (eventually going back to catch the earliest eps). I originally gave it a chance because Entertainment Weekly's chief TV critic at the time, Ken Tucker, was singing its praises, which rather surprised me given the poor film on which it was based. I soon realized it had a lot of critical and academic (!) support, frequently showing up on many critics' Top 10 lists, and even being studied in universities.
Anyways, a very engaging ensemble of characters, some imaginative and emotionally-complex (!) metaphorical storytelling, and a lot of very witty dialogue. Whedon was very on-point with the carefully-articulated phrase. As good as TV has gotten visually over the past 15 years (compared to what it had been, in general), there aren't many shows with such consistently creative and elegant wordplay.
It's a bit unfortunate you jumped from Season 2 to 6, spoiling a pretty huge plot development at the end of Season 5, but as with any quality show, it's more about the journey than the destination. Have fun with Season 3: it's very entertaining. And be on the lookout for some of TV's more interesting formal experiments going forward, including a mostly-silent episode ("Hush"), a hugely evocative, somewhat Lynchian dream episode ("Restless"), and a harrowing mini-art-film involving a death in the family that was startling in its immediacy (not saying which one).