Yeah, I miss Penny too.Best girl died in Volume 3, and I scream.
Anyhow, yeah, I don't get how anyone over the age of twelve can unironically enjoy RWBY anymore. It's just... it's a trainwreck, and it makes me sad that it's a trainwreck, because I so desperately want it to be good. But I know it won't be.
I think at this point a large portion of people who actually watch the show are suffering from sunk-cost fallacy thinking (I know I am). I'm too invested in the story to give up even though I don't like watching it, so the only option is to see it through to the bitter end. Just like Order of the Stick. I've heard similar sentiments from most anyone who watches the show but isn't a rabid RWBY stan.