Strange Angel pentagram

First Look: Strange Angel links sex and science with dark magic

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May 2, 2018

CBS All Access isn’t just the home of Star Trek: Discovery. It’s also the new home of much, much weirder shows that are popping up all the time. That was made abundantly clear today when the streaming service released its first look at the new weirdo drama Strange Angel.

The show stars Jack Reynor, Rupert Friend, and Bella Heathcote in a tale ripped from real life that follows — almost Professor Marston and the Wonder Women-like — a scientist gripped by unorthodox sexual beliefs. Only here the science is rockets instead of psychology, and the sex is part of an occult religion where it’s used to perform magical, world-dominating rituals instead of just regular old S&M. So, only sort of similar.

The show is based on the life of Jack Parsons, a rocket engineer associated with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Aerojet Engineering Corporation, who converted to Thelema, Aleister Crowley's supernatural religion. He later ran the movement and was subsequently kicked out of the JPL and Aerojet. Then, after a few more crazy stunts (like being accused of espionage), he accidentally blew himself up. At least, that's what the authorities think.

Regardless, if that life sounds crazy to you, then good news, because we’ve got a trailer for you. Take a look:

And while you’re at it, look at this really and truly majestic poster:

Strange Angel poster

Source: CBS All Access

That’s pretty wild. It looks like it will have plenty of period outfits, real science on blackboards, and strange voodoo clubs just obscene enough to pass muster on a CBS affiliate. There was also at least one pentagram, though, so spaceflight could be coming thanks to a deal with the Devil.

You’ll have to find out when Strange Angel premieres on June 13.