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  • Summary: The drama based on George Pendle's novel Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons follows janitor-turned-scientist Jack (Jack Reynor) as he becomes involved in 1930s the dark underbelly of 1930s Los Angles and a disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 13, 2018
    80
    Reynor’s lead performance is captivatingly cocky and sincere, Friend is a wacko hoot, and Lowery’s handling of these period-piece proceedings is so entrancing--full of ominous transitional fades and gorgeously illuminated nighttime landscapes and interior tableaus--that it’s easy to forgive the show its maiden, and minor, dramatic missteps. ... It’s not its predetermined destination that makes the show so compelling; it’s the insane path it’ll take to get there.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jun 12, 2018
    70
    A handsomely produced period drama that, through three of the first season's 10 episodes, is more tantalizing than satisfying--though it's amply and very watchably tantalizing.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 13, 2018
    63
    Strange Angel refuses to yield its secrets readily, or quickly, but instead methodically. Given the science (difficult) and the cult (abstruse) that's a reasonable approach to the story, just not a gripping one. And over the first three episodes, "Angel" often loses its grip.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jun 15, 2018
    58
    Strange Angel could develop into an engrossing adventure of a man who couldn’t straddle the line between pushing the mind to its limits and pushing beyond its breaking point, but it’s too content early on to dwell on the mundane instead of truly embrace the strange.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jun 13, 2018
    50
    The upside of such a leisurely arc is that it allows for conversations into which exposition is less obviously inserted, and scenes have time to wander before getting to a point. The downside is that, spread across so many hours, the action tends to run in circles over the same ground.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jun 11, 2018
    50
    An ambitious but uneven show based on the colorful and controversial life of Jack Parsons.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 7, 2018
    45
    In its early going, Strange Angel just isn’t strange enough to warrant sustained viewer interest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 3, 2018
    9
    This show is very interesting, while not at all a whiz-bang action show. The acting is very good and the writing is, perhaps, a bit tooThis show is very interesting, while not at all a whiz-bang action show. The acting is very good and the writing is, perhaps, a bit too polished. Still, I find myself coming back every week to see more. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2018
    7
    This was a pretty decent season 1. There's an A-story and a B-story to follow. The A-story is about how a visionary (Jack Parsons) breaks theThis was a pretty decent season 1. There's an A-story and a B-story to follow. The A-story is about how a visionary (Jack Parsons) breaks the rules and conventions of the time - America, 1938 - to advance the science of rocketry - remember, it was all propeller aircraft at the time. So this is another study in perseverence and overcoming everyone throwing obstacles in your way. The B-story is where you find the soft "R" side of this series, the cult of the occult. Familiar with Alistair Crowley? The season finale only mildly set the stage for a season 2 and there's supposed to be five of 'em. Was season 1 good enough to interest me in a second one? I don't think so. There wasn't enough grab, enough of a hook. And most drama series dial it back in their second season, so they tend to be boring while they build back stories and other superfluous plotting we don't care about. Expand
  3. Jul 19, 2018
    3
    I am of an older generation and use to a slow burner. However the fuse hasn't even been lit on this one! The writing is mediocre. The way theI am of an older generation and use to a slow burner. However the fuse hasn't even been lit on this one! The writing is mediocre. The way the science and research is treated is laughable. It may pass for young teens/ preadolescence but the series is aimed at older audience. None of the character have any...character!. It is a dull slog which portrays the GALCIT team as blue collar underdogs, when they were all from fairly well connected backgrounds, despite some problems with the depression. Tedious and below my threshold for suspension of disbelief yet another example of the artsy community having no real understanding of sciences and so not knowing how to portray them dynamically with depth. Do not waste your time. Expand

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