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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)
Angel plots to revive an ancient demon bent of sweeping everything on earth into hell itself. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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

Joss Whedon (written by)

Rob DesHotel (executive story editor) (as Rob Des Hotel) &
Dean Batali (executive story editor)

Marti Noxon (story editor)

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 (score by)
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
Jeri Baker .... hair stylist
John Maldonado .... makeup artist
Todd McIntosh .... makeup supervisor
John Vulich .... special makeup effects artist
Suzan Bagdadi .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Mark Garbarino .... special effects makeup coordinator (uncredited)
Sean Kenney .... lens technician (uncredited)
Dugg Kirkpatrick .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Michael S. Pack .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Susan Carol Schwary .... hair stylist (uncredited)
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
Steve West .... construction coordinator
Ken Wilson .... property master
Juliette Blasor .... props (uncredited)
Bryan Corbett .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Damon Hight .... general foreman (uncredited)
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Patrick Burns .... re-recording mixer
Robert Eber .... production sound mixer
Christian P. Minkler .... re-recording mixer (as Chris Minkler)
Todd Orr .... re-recording mixer (as Todd Keith Orr)
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Mark Cleary .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Robert Guastini .... adr editor (uncredited)
Robert Guastini .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Mike Marchain .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bruce Minkus .... special effects coordinator
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Stephen Brand .... digital effects supervisor
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist
Jeff Pruitt .... stunt coordinator
Jennifer Badger .... stunts (uncredited)
Clayton J. Barber .... stunts (uncredited)
Damon Caro .... stunts (uncredited)
Edward Conna .... stunts (uncredited)
Sophia Crawford .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Aaron Wagner .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Herbert Davis .... camera operator
Tom Keefer .... key grip
Dayton Nietert .... chief lighting technician
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Erin Franklyn .... grip (uncredited)
John Keefer .... set grip (uncredited)
Bob Snowdon .... grip (uncredited)
Joseph D. Urbanczyk .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Pazdernik .... set costumer (uncredited)
Cindy Rosenthal .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Sydney Conrad Shapiro .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Marilyn McMahon Adams .... assistant editor (as Marilyn Adams)
Brian Wankum .... post-production coordinator
Kent Pritchett .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Location Management
Jordana Kronen .... location manager
Music Department
Fernand Bos .... music editor
Nerf Herder .... theme
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Marc David Alpert .... assistant: Gareth Davies (as Marc D. Alpert)
David H. Goodman .... script coordinator (as David Goodman)
Diego Gutierrez .... assistant: Joss Whedon
Caroline Kallas .... assistant: Gail Berman
Lesley King .... script supervisor
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)
George Montgomery .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The flashback scenes take place in Galway, Ireland in 1753, England in 1860, Romania in October 1898, New York City in 1996 and Los Angeles in the spring of 1996.See more »
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 »
Whistler:She's gonna have it tough, that Slayer. She's just a kid. A world full of big bad things.See more »
Movie Connections:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ThemeSee more »


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4 out of 5 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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