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    Science and sex cults: rocketeer Jack Parsons hits the small screen
    The team behind new drama Strange Angel discusses the notorious scientist who pioneered modern rocketry and befriended Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard
    By Jake Nevins

    aking a television show is grueling, expensive and time-consuming, but it isn’t rocket science. Sometimes, though, as Mark Heyman points out, it’s pretty darn close. Heyman is referring to Strange Angel, a new series about the bizarre life of Jack Parsons, known in aeronautical circles as the father of modern day rocketry and to others as the Thelemite occultist who crossed paths with self-proclaimed prophet Aleister Crowley and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Parsons’ life has already inspired two biographies, a graphic novel, and an episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. Now it’s the basis for a splashy new drama from A Ghost Story director David Lowery, set in 1930s Los Angeles, where the spirits of American enterprise and new age mysticism are alive and well.

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    “This brief moment of freedom and exploration is replaced by the military-industrial complex and the bifurcating of the world between communist Russia and the United States,” says Heyman, who plans to show these changes in upcoming seasons. “That transition from the Crowley cult into what becomes Scientology mirrors a greater transition in the world at large, from greater forms of freedom and self-exploration into power being consolidated into systems of control.”

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    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jun/13/strange-angel-series-jack-parsons-scientology

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    LA TIMES
    ‘Strange Angel’: It's rocket science with occult twist

    By Robert Lloyd Jun 12, 2018

    The improbable life of rocket scientist Jack Parsons — where jet fuel met “sex magick” — has inspired a television drama, “Strange Angel,” beginning Thursday on CBS All Access, the streaming wing of the broadcast network reserved for more offbeat series.

    It occurs to me, even as I write this, that it is the second CBS series (after “The Big Bang Theory”) set against a Caltech backdrop. But there the resemblance ends.

    Given the sensational aspects of the story — which includes, alongside the founding of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Second World War, the disciples of British occultist Aleister Crowley and a more-than-cameo appearance by L. Ron Hubbard — it can seem a little pokey. (That it can seem a little silly is unavoidably built into the material.) "Drunk History" told Parsons' story pretty effectively in seven minutes. But “Strange Angel” is playing a long, multi-season game, and so far only three of the first season's 10 episodes have been offered for review.

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    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-strange-angel-review-20180611-story.html
     

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