‘Strange Angel’ Plot Details Arrive for a Just-Announced Season Two

Strange Angel Season 1
Rupert Friend as Ernest Donovan and Jack Reynor as Jack Parsons in season one of ‘Strange Angel.’ (Photo Cr: Elizabeth Lippman © 2018 CBS Interactive, Inc)

The CBS All Access dramatic series Strange Angel has earned a second season order. The 10 episode first season, which was inspired by a true story, debuted on June 14, 2018. Jack Reynor leads the cast of the original series created by Mark Heyman (Black Swan, The Skeleton Twins).

Strange Angel is based on the book by George Pendle and is executive produced by Heyman, David DiGilio, Ridley Scott, and David W. Zucker. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions.

“We look forward to exploring the next chapter of Jack Parsons’ journey,” stated Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access. “Strange Angel and its talented cast and crew are the epitome of the type of programming we strive for at CBS All Access – daring, imaginative and unconventional.”

In addition to Jack Reynor, the season one cast included Rupert Friend, Bella Heathcote, Peter Mark Kendall, Michael Gaston, Greg Wise, Rade Šerbedžija, Zack Pearlman and Keye Chen.

The Strange Angel Plot: Strange Angel is inspired by the real life story of Jack Parsons and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction.

Jack Parsons (Reynor), a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker in 1930s Los Angeles, works as a janitor at a chemical factory but dreams of building rockets that will take mankind to the moon. As he helps pioneer the unknown discipline of rocket science by day, by night, Parsons is pulled into a new occult religion created by Aleister Crowley, performing sex magick rituals to bend the world to his will and make his fantastical dreams a reality.

At the conclusion of the first season, Jack and his team from Caltech make a scientific breakthrough that secures the military’s interest as the country nears the brink of war. In season two, the U.S. is fully engaged in World War II, transforming Jack’s rocketry work into a lucrative business and further entrenching him in the military-industrial complex. While Jack’s career takes off, he and his wife Susan’s devotion to their new occult religion grows, leading them to invite the sex cult into their Pasadena mansion and to forge a personal relationship with the group’s notorious founder, Aleister Crowley himself.