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Strange Angel 

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A rocket scientist in 1940s Los Angeles is secretly the disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley.

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Mark Heyman
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Series cast summary:
Jack Reynor ...  Jack Parsons 10 episodes, 2018
Bella Heathcote ...  Susan Parsons 10 episodes, 2018
Peter Mark Kendall ...  Richard Onsted 10 episodes, 2018
Greg Wise ...  Alfred Miller 10 episodes, 2018
Rupert Friend ...  Ernest Donovan 10 episodes, 2018
Rade Serbedzija ...  Professor Filip Mesulam 8 episodes, 2018
Michael Gaston ...  Virgil Byrne 8 episodes, 2018
Zack Pearlman ...  Samson Hunt 7 episodes, 2018
Keye Chen ...  Gui Chang 7 episodes, 2018
Dan Donohue ...  Professor John Tillman 7 episodes, 2018
Amara Zaragoza ...  Joan 6 episodes, 2018
Karl Makinen ...  General Braxton 6 episodes, 2018
Veronica Osorio ...  Marisol 5 episodes, 2018
Laine Neil ...  Patty Byrne 5 episodes, 2018
Louis Mustillo ...  Humphrey 5 episodes, 2018
Randy Oglesby ...  Father Shelby 5 episodes, 2018
Rob Zabrecky ...  The Minder 5 episodes, 2018
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Storyline

Based on the life of Jack Parsons, a brilliant real-life rocket engineer hired by the US government in 1940s to help with the rocket program, which he saw as the starting point for future space exploration. In 1938, curious by nature, Parsons meets and quickly befriends his new next door neighbor Ernest Donovan, a follower of the infamous English occultist Aleister Crowley, who proceeds to seduce him into his way of thinking which includes the motto "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" as the only principle in life as well as other tenets and practices of Crowley and his Thelema religious movement that include secret orgies which produce 'sexual magic' and occult rituals meant to establish contact with 'the other side.' As Parsons slowly becomes part of this strange secret world, his newfound beliefs and lifestyle jeopardize both his marriage and his job.

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Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-MA

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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Странный ангел See more »

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Scott Free Productions See more »
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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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The show was originally set to premiere on AMC entitled "Marvel." See more »

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What an underrated gem
25 August 2018 | by TastentierSee all my reviews

After the pilot episode, critics dubbed Strange Angel a "slow burn". I suppose that's a good thing considering the historical subject matter. Once the show culminates in a bang, it will inevitably be over. Seriously though, why is every story supposed to be a setup for a grand finale? Can't we sit back and enjoy a period drama for drama's sake? That's what I did, without knowing anything about Jack Parsons and precious little about the New Age religion of Thelema when I started watching, and I found myself immensely enjoying the experience.

I initially gave this show 7 stars, upped my rating to 9 stars as it went on, and only read up on this part of American history after finishing the first season. Now I'm even more looking forward to season two, and I hope the show burns as slow as possible from here on in because I love every minute of it. It is utterly fascinating to see how visionaries, freethinkers, creative spirits, and everyday people struggled to break free from the shackles of puritanism, patriarchy and heteronormativity in a time when the Great Depression and looming world war caused a resurgence of conservative attitudes on both sides of the Atlantic.


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