Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, Episode 21

Becoming: Part 1 (12 May 1998)

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Angel plots to revive an ancient demon bent of sweeping everything on earth into hell itself.

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Angelus reminisces how Angel was turned into a vampire by Darla in 1753, drove Drusilla mad in London in 1860 and was cursed as gypsies' revenge in a Rumanian forest in 1898 to suffer ever since being burdened with a soul and guilty conscience, and witnessed Buffy being shown her destiny in Manhattan in 1996. In 1997 only tutor Willow enjoys preparing for final exams, Buffy is eager to slay Angelus and be done with Angel. Giles is called to the museum after the digging up at a social housing project of an inscribed obelisk which he realizes is a container; Angelus and Drusilla steal it and explain to Spike it's the tomb of the demon Acathla, who was killed by a righteous knight's sword before the demon's breath could swallow the earth; his awakening will open a gateway to a demonic dimension which can then spill into earth. Discovering Jenny's black magic research and intent to return Angel's soul is opposed by Xander, who wants his 'rival for Buffy' dead anyhow, and by Kendra, who ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The stuntwoman who was set on fire for the vampiric 'immolation-o-gram' is named Cindy Folkerson. She has been set on fire more times than any other stuntwoman in Hollywood. See more »

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The flashback to Angel's introduction to Darla in Galway, Ireland occurs in 1753. But canon has already established that Angel is 241 years old in 1997. Either he hadn't been born or, even if vampires count their age from the year they're "made", the numbers simply don't add up. See more »

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The One With Angel's Past...
23 June 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy this episode. It's a great first part of the season finale. I love that we get to see more of Angel's past and that we get to know him more.

In this episode, Angelus reminisces about how he was turned into a vampire by Darla, how he turned Drusilla, how he was cursed by the Gypsies, and when he first saw Buffy. Meanwhile, everyone is preparing for final exams and Buffy gets a rather unique invitation for a confrontation with Angel. Angel, Drusilla and Spike steal a tomb that houses a demon that will suck the world into hell, and Angel plans on releasing it. When Buffy meets with Angel, she realizes that it's a distraction. Because while she was there, everyone in the library was attacked. Willow gets a concussion and Drusilla kills Kendra. When Buffy sees what has happened, the police try to arrest her, thinking she is the murderer.

Fun Fact: The clock tower from Back To The Future is used as a set for Buffy's high school in Los Angeles.

Best part of the episode: When Buffy finds out that everyone had been attacked.

Worst part of the episode: When Kendra is killed. And the fact that Drusilla didn't even drink her blood. What's the point?

Overall, I give this episode a 9 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Amazing.


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