CBS All Access has pulled the plug on ‘Strange Angel’, the series based on the life of rocket scientist Jack Parsons, who, in his personal life, became a follower of the occultist Aleister Crowley. The streaming service’s executive vice president of Original Content, Julie McNamara, announced:
“Strange Angel will not be returning for a third season. The series brought new meaning to the idea that the truth is stranger than fiction and we are incredibly thankful to the creative team of Mark Heyman, David DiGilio, Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker for their vision, as well as the fantastic cast for bringing the bizarre story of Jack Parsons to life.”
This is the second original series to be cancelled by CBS All Access, following ‘One Dollar’ which only lasted one season. The writing may have been on the wall when, after a 10-episode first season, ‘Strange Angel’ was only renewed for seven episodes for its sophomore season. Though streaming numbers are not disclosed, this series only received mixed reviews from critics.
‘Strange Angel’ was created by Mark Heyman, who wrote the majority of the scripts. Heyman was inspired by the biography ‘Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons’ written by George Pendle.
Jack Reynor starred as Jack Parsons, with Bella Heathcote as his wife, Susan. The series also starred Peter Mark Kendall as Richard Onsted, Greg Wise as Alfred Miller, Rupert Friend as Ernest Donovan, Rade Šerbedžija as Prof. Filip Mešulam, Zack Pearlman as Samson Hunt, Keye Chen as Gui Chiang, and Laine Neil as Patty Byrne.
Strange Angel follows Jack Parsons, a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker of 1930s Los Angeles who started as a janitor at a chemical factory but had fantastical dreams that led him to birth the unknown discipline of American rocketry. Along the way, he fell into a mysterious world that included sex magic rituals at night, and he became a disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley. Parsons used Crowley’s teachings of self-actualization to support his unimaginable and unprecedented endeavour to the stars.
Were you a fan of ‘Strange Angel’? Are you sad to see it go?