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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Doug Perren


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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Did You Know?


Whistler was originally going to be Angel's sidekick for the Angel (1999) spin-off, however, Max Perlich could not commit. See more »


The L.A. cemetery where Buffy fights her first vampire in 1996 bears a striking resemblance to the 1998 Sunnydale cemetery where she kills two vamps at the beginning of the episode and fights Angelus toward the end. Note especially the flowering tree, and the wall and crypt in the distance, which are the same tree, wall and crypt in all scenes (because, of course, all were shot on the same outdoor set at the show's Stewart St. studios). See more »


Angel: You're not a vampire.
Whistler: A demon, technically. I mean, I'm not a bad guy. Not all demons are dedicated to the destruction of all life.
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Surprise (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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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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