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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Becoming: Part 1 (1998)

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Original Air Date:
12 May 1998 (Season 2, Episode 21)
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Plot:
Angel plots to revive an ancient demon bent of sweeping everything on earth into hell itself. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joss Whedon 
 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

Joss Whedon (written by)

Produced by
Gail Berman .... executive producer
Gareth Davies .... producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
David Greenwalt .... co-executive producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui .... executive producer
Kaz Kuzui .... executive producer
Gary Law .... co-producer
David Solomon .... co-producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Gershman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Skip Macdonald 
 
Casting by
Marcia Shulman 
 
Production Design by
Carey Meyer 
 
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff  (as David Koneff)
 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Bergstrom 
 
Makeup Department
Suzan Bagdadi .... hair stylist
Jeri Baker .... hair stylist
Susan Carol Schwary .... hair stylist
Mark Garbarino .... special effects makeup coordinator
Dugg Kirkpatrick .... hair stylist
John Maldonado .... makeup artist
Todd McIntosh .... makeup supervisor
Michael S. Pack .... special makeup effects artist
John Vulich .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Gary Law .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brenda Kalosh .... first assistant director
Alan Steinman .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Lisa Gamel .... paint foreman
Gustav Gustafson .... lead man
Caroline Quinn .... set designer
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer
Steve West .... construction coordinator
Ken Wilson .... property master
Damon Hight .... general foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Kevin Patrick Burns .... re-recording mixer
Robert Eber .... production sound mixer
Robert Guastini .... dialogue & adr editor
Christian P. Minkler .... re-recording mixer (as Chris Minkler)
Todd Orr .... re-recording mixer (as Todd Keith Orr)
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Mike Marchain .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician
Bruce Minkus .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Jennifer Badger .... stunt double
Damon Caro .... stunt performer
Edward Conna .... stunt double
Sophia Crawford .... stunt double
Jeff Pruitt .... stunt coordinator
Clayton J. Barber .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Aaron Wagner .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Herbert Davis .... camera operator
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator
John Keefer .... set grip
Tom Keefer .... key grip
Dayton Nietert .... chief lighting technician
Bob Snowdon .... grip
Erin Franklyn .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sydney Conrad Shapiro .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Marilyn McMahon Adams .... assistant editor (as Marilyn Adams)
Kent Pritchett .... colorist: dailies
Brian Wankum .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Marc David Alpert .... assistant: Gareth Davies (as Marc D. Alpert)
Dean Batali .... executive story editor
Rob DesHotel .... executive story editor (as Rob Des Hotel)
David H. Goodman .... script coordinator (as David Goodman)
Diego Gutierrez .... assistant: Joss Whedon
Caroline Kallas .... assistant: Gail Berman
Lesley King .... script supervisor
Jordana Kronen .... location manager
George Montgomery .... title designer
Marti Noxon .... story editor
Edwin L. Perez .... production auditor
R.D. Price .... assistant: David Greenwalt (as Robert Price)
Phyllis H. Saldutti .... production coordinator (as Phyllis Saldutti)
Thomas Cobb .... title designer (uncredited)
Jeremy Jacobs .... stand-in (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
60 min
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Trivia:
Whistler was originally going to be Angel's sidekick for the "Angel" (1999) spin-off, however, Max Perlich could not commit.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: At thirty-two minutes in, as Buffy fights her first-ever vampire, in the distance you can plainly see a portable lighting mast on the far side of the cemetery wall. Atop it (just out of frame at the top of the picture) are the instruments supplying the "moonlight" which illuminates much of the scene and serves as a strong back-light for the actors.See more »
Quotes:
Kendra:In case the curse does not succeed, this is my lucky stake. I have killed many vampires with it. I call it Mr. Pointy.
Buffy:You named your stake?
Kendra:Yes.
Buffy:Remind me to get you a stuffed animal.
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Soundtrack:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ThemeSee more »

FAQ

What is the 'Normal Again' alternative?
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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A near perfect episode, 29 July 2006
Author: katierose295 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Oh, where do I even begin? This episode is so beautiful and compelling and flat-out brilliant that it just about melts the TV. It's the first half of the two part season finale. If you're watching BTVS on DVD, you flat out CANNOT skip "Becoming" parts one or two. I don't care if your house is on fire, you need to sit there and see these episodes. (Well, unless it's a really big fire, in which case, evacuate, but take the DVDs with you.) They're that good.

"Becoming Part One" is all about Angel. Through a series of flashbacks we see his life (and un-life) unfold. How he became a vampire back in 18th Century Ireland. Playing mind games with a human Drusilla. Regaining his soul in Romania. Living in New York alleyways. The first time he saw Buffy. (I have a real soft spot for vampire flashback episodes. "Fool for Love" in season five of BTVS and "Darla" & "Orpheus" in seasons two and four of "Angel" add a lot to "Becoming Part One's" back story.) Watching the flashbacks, we're reminded of the sweet, caring guy that Angel really is under Angelus' evil smirk. Is it any wonder that Buffy's been so reluctant to kill him? Time is running out, though. Angelus and Buffy are heading for a final showdown. The Acathla demon has been unearthed in Sunndydale. Basically, it's a big rock monster that can swallow the world into hell if someone triggers it. And Angelus and Dru are eager to wake it up. They just have to figure out how it works.

Meanwhile, Willow and Buffy have discovered Jenny's spell to re-curse Angel, which immediately starts an argument in the Scoobie ranks. Xander and Cordy think that Angel is gone for good. Even if his soul could be restored, they don't believe that Angel can ever be forgiven or trusted. Giles' is feeling equally as conflicted. Jenny's last wish was to re-curse Angel, but he's also the one who killed her. On the other hand, Buffy wants Angel back and Willow knows that she can work the spell. Objectivly, you can see everybody's point of view, (Even if a big part of me wants Xander to just shut-up.) Honestly, what it comes down to is Buffy and Willow are the strongest. Willow's just coming into her powers, but Xander has already been following her lead for years. Buffy's the Slayer and Giles loves her, so he usually tries to give her what she wants. Neither one of them can hold the hard line for long. They agree to proceed with the plan to re-ensoul Angel.

Things go terribly wrong, though. While Buffy meets with Angelus, Dru attacks the Scoobies. She and her henchmen kill Kendra and knock out Willow and Xander. Angelus and Dru believe that Giles can awaken the Acathla demon, so Drusilla kidnaps him right out of the librarian. Buffy comes rushing back to find the carnage and that's when the police arrive. The slow-mo scene of Buffy running and Whistler's voice over is just a perfect way to end the episode.

There are so many great parts to this episode. Like I said, the flashbacks are wonderful. Angel's face when he first sees Buffy just breaks your heart. He's enthralled with her right from the start, he only wanted to help her. Now Angelus has completely taken his place and is out to destroy the world. Speaking of plots to destroy the world, Spike is less than thrilled with this new Acathla plan. (His "I can't wait to tell my friends" speech is hilarious.) He and Angelus/Angel have an interesting love/hate relationship. Angelus absently whacks Spike on the back of his head as he walks by and torments Spike by coming on to Dru, but he doesn't try to really hurt Spike. Even though Spike is (or was) injured and weak. Spike snickers when Angelus fails to awaken the demon and is plotting to bring Angelus down, but he not willing to just stake Angelus when his back is turned. Even though, he could easily catch Angelus off guard and dust him. They're so complicated and I love watching them together.

The name of the episode, "Becoming," is also interesting. In the flashbacks, Whistler, Angel's guide, tells him that he has to "become" someone. Stand up and make himself count. Angelus, meanwhile, says he'll "become" by awakening Acathla. He wants to be the one to "make history... End." Metaphorically, forgetting everything that's happened to him as Angel and, as an added bonus, destroying all the humans on the planet once and for all. They both want to become something more: Angel a better "person" and Angelus a "purer" demon. It's very cool.

The only downside I can think of in this episode is Kendra. I still don't like her accent and I'm not real sorry to see her go.

My favorite part of the episode: Buffy considering the consequences of being sucked into hell. "At least I won't have to take that chemistry final... Or maybe I'll be taking it forever..."

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