The Drudgeon reviews Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Episode 034 – Becoming (Part 2)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Episode 034 - Becoming (Part 2) 45 min., 1998
Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by Joss Whedon
Language: English
My rating: ★

Season 2 ends with a…blah.

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The episode begins with Willow in a coma, Xander has a broken arm and Giles has been captured.  Buffy is confronted by Principal Snyder and the police and blamed for the destruction and death of Kendra.  She ends up getting expelled and runs toward where Angel is.  Meanwhile Angel is talking to Giles, now apparently Giles is being tortured, but for the life of me I really can’t see anything going on.  There is a scratch on his head and he lets out a scream or two, but I really can’t tell what is going on.  Blah, blah, blah, Willow comes out of her coma in a matter of minutes and starts to do a spell that is supposed to give Angel back his soul.  Buffy and Angel have the worst sword fight I’ve ever seen (let’s not even take into account the extremely obvious stunt doubles) and Spike runs away with Drusilla.  Angel is defeated and given his soul back, but Buffy seals him in the statue anyway.  Buffy then leaves home and we have no idea where she is off to.

Everything about this episode is just blah.  After the last one this was really a let down.  Willow being in a coma for a night…really?  Giles getting “tortured” when you can’t see exactly how he is (and I’m not looking for anything graphic, but at least let us know what’s happening to him).  Again there was a big build-up and a huge let down.  I think I should just get used to this.  Then again they nailed the bitchy brat that Buffy is perfectly.  Yeah, I’m running away and not telling my best friends about it.  I’ll just let them worry and only think about myself.  Yep that’s a teenage brat if I’ve ever seen one.


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3 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Episode 034 – Becoming (Part 2)

  1. Robin says:



    Oh, the pain…the pain…

    It’s like we saw a different show. “Becoming” is one of the greatest TV season finales ever. (However, I do agree that the stunt doubles were obvious, but that’s hardly a big deal.)

    I do have to disagree with you about showing/not showing the torture. I always think torture scenes are more effective when the viewer is unaware what exactly is transpiring. The human imagination can come up with greater tortures than anything that can be filmed. For example, see The Lives of a Bengal Lancer. It’s much more effective that we don’t know exactly what “unspeakable acts” Gary Cooper and Franchot Tone were subjected to before their companion gives up the information to the enemy.

  2. Hunter says:

    The Drudgeon. Enraging Buffy fans since 2010. 😛

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