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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

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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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60 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Quotes:
Buffy:Wah! This doesn't make any sense!
Willow Rosenberg:Oh, sure it does, see... Oh, no, this doesn't make any sense.
Buffy:It's senseless!
Willow Rosenberg:It is, but, at least you know that, so, you're learning.
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Soundtrack:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ThemeSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Superb pt 1 of the finale, 4 February 2012
Author: Joxerlives from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Becoming pt1

The Good; The glimpses of Liam and Drusilla in their human forms are just too tragic for words, especially Dru. Good scenes with Whistler and of course Kendra back. Angelus' suicide telegram for Buffy (would they allow that post 9/11?). Snyder's chair shortage gag

The Bad; David's accent. Where is it supposed to be from exactly? Are they after his lucky charms?

Best line; Spike; "It's a big rock. Can't wait to tell my friends, they don't have a rock this big"

Character death; yep, byebye Kendra, making it one recurring character dead every 8 eps or so. A shame to lose her but I think most would agree that Faith is better as both a character and a Slayer. And if she hadn't died? I figure Faith would have turned up as one of the potentials in season 7 and she rather than Kennedy would have hooked up with Willow.

Knocked out; yep, Xander, Willow and Giles

Questions and observations; We get to see pre-Slayer Buffy in LA and a different version of Merrick. In this version Buffy does indeed miss the heart first time out as she later tells Dawn. The 'Do you know what time it is?' line is very clever, the same words as Joyce says in the movie but with a completely different meaning. Presumably Angel as a tramp is following the diner incident in the 70s we later see in season 4 of Angel. Willow once again play's the bashful virgin for comic effect. Whistler's 'puppets' speech is interesting when you consider Jasmine manipulating the Fang Gang over the course of Angel. Willow attempts her first spell.

10/10 no contest

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