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Strange Angel Season 3: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

Updated August 14, 2019
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‘Strange Angel’ is a period drama web series that is based on the biography titled ‘Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons’. The series has been created for television by Mark Heyman, who is best known for having worked with Darren Aronofsky. The show airs on CBS All Access and first premiered on June 14, 2018.

The show revolves around a rocket scientist based out of Los Angeles in the 1940s who secretly happens to be a disciple of the occultist Aleister Crowley. While the series adheres to science, we see the person at the center of it all lead a double life. His personal life is fueled by adherence to all things occult. Not only does this make the show a crazy amalgamation of mysticism and science, but also tracks the rise of Crowley.

Critics have been more or less appreciative of the show, saying, “A beautiful slow burn, Strange Angel shoots for the stars, but gets a little lost in its own orbit.”

Strange Angel Cast: Who is in it?

The cast of ‘Strange Angel’ is led by Jack Reynor, who essays the role of Jack Parsons, the central character of the show. Bella Heathcote plays Susan Parsons. Rupert Friend portrays Ernest Donovon. The other members of the cast include Keye Chen as Gui Chiang, Zack Pearlman as Samson Hunt, Rade Serbedzija as Prof. Filip Mesulam, Peter Mark Kendall as Richard Onsted, and Greg Wise as Alfred Miller.

Angus Macfadyen, known for his roles in ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Equilibrium’,  joined the cast as Aleister Crowley. Notably, Michael Balin had appeared as Crowley in the previous season as a guest star.

All the main cast members are expected to make a return for season 3.

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Strange Angel Plot: What is it about?

‘Strange Angel’ is all about a blue-collar worker, Jack Reynor, of the 1930s in Los Angeles. He starts off his profession as a janitor in a small chemical factory. His fantasy based dreams unknowingly lead to the conception of an undiscovered field in American Rocketry. In the guise of this fantasy, he is dragged into a mysterious space. This involves sex magic rituals in the dark hours. He also begins to follow an American occultist Aleister Crowley. Parsons incorporates Crowley’s preaching that focuses on self-actualization that helps him support his endeavors to the stars.

When the show introduces us to Parsons, we soon realize that his job as a janitor only hides the brilliant mind with its unutilized education and imagination. This is all put to use when he becomes the co-founder of, what eventually becomes in the modern day NASA owned and federally funded, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the engineering corporation that merged in 2013, that is, Aerojet. However, we see Parsons straddle the world of science and occult at the same time since he pioneers America’s rocketry program while living by Crowley’s creed “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”

Season 1 ends with Parsons and his team from Caltech managing to make a significant breakthrough and securing a deal from the US military when the country is on the brink of war.

Season 2 begins at a time when the US was fully engaged in World War II. This not only transforms Parsons’ rocketry work into lucrative business but also entrenches him more and more within the military industrial complex. At the same time that Jack’s career takes off, his and his wife’s devotion to the new occult religion continues to grow with all its sex magick rituals. This increasing devotion leads them to invite this sex cult into their Pasadena mansion. But this also means that Jack is now under more scrutiny.

By the end of second season, Jack falls out of favor with US military. Though, Jack’s power within the Agape rises to new heights; however, the arrival of a new prospective tenant at the Parsonage threatens to change all that.

Season 3 is expected to pick from where season 2 ends and might delve into Jack’s journey within the Agape.

Strange Angel Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Strange Angel’ Season 2 premiered on June 13, 2019. As far as the next season goes, we have good news for the fans.  CBS All Access has already renewed the show for another season. Considering the massive popularity of the show, it’s not a surprising decision at all. It is expected that ‘Strange Angel’ Season 3 will release sometime in June, 2020.

Who is Aleister Crowley?

For those unaware, Crowley’s notoriety as an occultist as well as his activities gained him the title of being the wickedest man in the world, and a Satanist. Naturally, he had an immense impact on counterculture and esoteric culture as a result. This drew the attention of some of the greatest musicians of all time, including The Beatles, who included his picture on the cover of their famous album ‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Even more remarkable is the effect he had on Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin as a whole. Page dabbled a bit in the occult all thanks to Crowley and ended up buying his home in Loch Ness, that is, the Boleskine House. A part of the band’s film ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was shot in the house itself.

Zeppelin also included part of Crowley’s motto ‘Do What Thou Wilt’ on the vinyl of their album titled ‘Led Zeppelin III’. Ozzy Osbourne of ‘Black Sabbath’, the band hailed as the pioneers of heavy metal, was much more overt in expressing his appreciation. Osbourne who had something of a reputation as being a wicked man himself wrote a song titled ‘Mr. Crowley’ in appreciation of the man. It is evident, thus, that Crowley has had a major role to play in influencing some of the greatest minds that we have seen, and it will be interesting to see how the series makes use of the character in the upcoming season.

Strange Angel Trailer:

While we wait for an update on ‘Strange Angel’ Season 3, check out the season 2 trailer to refresh your memories.

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