Buffy The Vampire Slayer heads into the end of season two with Becoming Part One. All in my exciting SPOILER filled My Year of Buffy marathon.
What Buffy Did!
A local museum brings Giles in to see a big huge stone block and he finds an opening in it. Buffy and Willow find Miss Calendar’s disk with the cure for Angelus. This discovery leads to arguments amoung the Scoobies over whether to save the killer Angelus or not. Angelus, Drusilla and other Vampires steal the stone block from the museum, all because the demon Acathla is trapped inside. Turns out this demon was going to send Earth to hell, but a knight stabbed him and only someone worthy can withdraw the sword and awaken the demon. Kendra, the other Slayer, comes back with a sword that can stop Acathla. Angelus’s first attempt to awaken Acathla flops, so he tricks Buffy into a fight, all so he can kidnap Giles, who can tell them how to succeed. The Vampires attack the library, Xander is injured, Willow is knocked out and Drusilla hypnotizes and kills Kendra. Buffy shows after all the chaos and is immediately confronted by the police. All through the episode, we see flashbacks to the long long history of Angelus. In 1753 Ireland, Darla transforms Liam into Angelus. In 1860 London, Angelus torments a psychic Drusilla before he sires her. In 1898 Romanian, Angelus is cursed with a human soul. In 1996 New York, Angel is destitute and meets a nice demon named Whistler who wants him to be good. In 1996 Los Angeles, Angel sees Buffy find out she is a Slayer and start killing Vampires, also her parents arguing.
Flashback to ye olden times narrated by Oz. Angel! Calling it she’s a Vampire and calling Angel as a potential rapist. And Angelus has now been sired. Present day. Xander was there as well? Being useful by being almost unconscious. I still have the feeling that Angelus still likes her. Giles checking out an ancient hieroglyphic big stone thing that opens up feels like one of his stuffy old hobbies. Xander should not play wargames with his food. Willow and Oz are so cute together! Principal Snyder is such a jerk and a prude and a jerk. Another flashback, except for on Lost, not generally a fan. Drusilla is kinda freaky being normal here. Angelus is just completely mean and evil here, and pretending to take confession makes him even worse. Angelus, Spike and Drusilla are the cutest dysfunctional threesome ever. Willow gives the best teacher speeches ever. And they find Miss Calendar’s spell for restoring Angel! Flashback yet again, this time to the spell that made Angelus into Angel. And the Scoobies really really fight and argue. Xander and Cordelia want Angelus to die. Buffy, Giles and Willow wants to cure him. Xander is really really blunt with the boyfriend quip – and maybe he is right. The other Slayer, Kendra, is here! The end of the world is nigh! Buffy is looking at that orb like a crazy person. New york 1996 flashback! Is this how Angel came to be in Sunnydale? I recognize this guy/demon called Whistler – a day later I realized he was on Homicide. Now in Los Angeles in 1996 and Angel sees a valley girl Buffy who I already despise. And Buffy’s first Watcher does not look like Donald Sutherland at all, but more like a constipated middle manager. Angel is the best dirtbag looking stalker ever. Whistler is gonna rebuild Angel! This is so cool and awesome and I want Angel back and to have his own series! Drusilla is one really screwed up person. Okay, now that was one freaky suicide message Vampire. Mr. Stake? Buffy is fighting Angelus! Willow is casting the spell! Vampires in the library!! Me screaming!!! Willow knocked out by bookshelves! Xander broken arm! Kendra saves the day! Or not! And Buffy realizes it was a trap for the Scoobies. Drusilla versus Kendra! And she is hypnotized! And throat slit! No, not Kendra! Go kill Snyder instead! And Giles is taken! Slow motion Buffy with Oz voice over is sad. Holy crap!
Xander knows Cordelia oh so well with this line, “And almost 65 percent of that was actual compliment.” And Principal Snyder is such a completely creepy jerk when he says this to the Scoobies, “This isn’t an orgy people. It’s a classroom.” Willow takes homework to a whole new level when she says this to the Scoobies, “I have been researching the black arts for fun.” Spike describes things so well, “It’s a big rock.” Drusilla lets Angelus and Spike know she is upset by saying, “This is so disappointing!” followed by a scary whiny sound from her. Buffy asks the obvious of Kendra with, “You named your stake?”
Well Joss wanted my heart to explode out of my chest, and he got it. The only calming moments were the flashbacks to the highlights of Angel’s life. Mad that Kendra is gone, but it leads to one helluva ending.
…is currently reading all the wonderful comics I got at Free Comic Book Day!