Strange Angel, Season 2: Episode 5 – The Hanged Man Recap.

The episode begins with Ernest (Rupert Friend) meditating and having a vision of Virgil with bleeding hands coming to tell him that he is going to rot in a prison cell. Ernest wakes to find that the blood is coming from the sigil carved into his chest.

In another part of the house, Susan (Bella Heathcote) and The Magus aka Alred (Greg Wise) are having sex. They discuss Susan’s ring and having to hide what they are doing. Susan tells, the Magus he needs to leave so she can change the sheets before Jack comes home.

At the offices of Aerojet, Jack (Jack Reynor) is told that his plan for JPL is denied because of his private life. Jack invites General Braxton (Karl Makinen) and his staff to a dinner at the Parsonage to show them nothing is going on at the house. The day of the feast, as the Lodge is taking down “incriminating” images, a package arrives for Jack from Aleister Crowley containing a new work, Liber OZ and a letter congratulating Jack on becoming a Magus himself.

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Jack, for obvious reasons, wants to hide the package, Ernest asks him, “how does it feel to serve two masters?” Jack says it’s not about serving to masters; it’s about JPL. Ernest ask what is that? Jack replies it’s how I get to the stars.

Marisol (Veronica Osorio) and Richard (Peter Mark Kendall) have come to attend the party, Marisol is apprehensive about going into the Lodge, but Richard tells her that she should be, Jack has been teaching him about some of their techniques, like manifesting your Will.

As the party gets started, Jack gives a speech of Thelema and how the aims of Thelema and the U.S. are the same, freedom from tyranny. The Magus arrives to introduce himself to General Braxton, and another power play between Jack and the Magus plays out.

Everyone heads to the dining room, and Jack notices that the portrait of Crowley, that he had taken down is back up. Jack is not pleased, vowing to find out who did it just as Agent Wallace (Matthew Barnes) questions him again about not having met Crowley.

While everyone is in conversation, the waiting staff bring out more drinks, including “Jack’s poison punch.” Again, Jack is not pleased as it appears Ernest intends to drug the guest.

Susan and The Magus again find themselves discussing their relationship, The Magus finding humor in using Susan’s underwear as a handkerchief. Susan asks where he got it; The Magus says on his pillow. Susan tells him, not by her, which makes them both suspect that Jack knows and put the garments on The Magus’ pillow. Susan says they need to stop and walks away.

Back in the dining room, Ernest reemerges with the copy of Liber OZ*. He leads the guest out onto the patio and reads the letter and says that the message is for the one true Magus who should step forward and take the sacred dagger…Alfred steps forward and takes the blade. While Alfred addresses the crowd, Jack sees Aleister Crowley (Angus Macfadyen) in the house.

Crowley tells Jack to imagine the power of the military and Thelema merged as one. Downstairs, the Magus and the Lodge have stepped out from behind their facade and are conducting a ceremony with the military staff in attendance. When it looks like The Magus will take Susan into the ritual, he instead takes Joan (Amara Zaragoza) which may or may not be meant to make Susan jealous.

Upstairs, Jack and Crowley discuss The Magus and Ernest and Ernest’s desire to cross the abyss, which Crowley tells Jack will require sacrifice as Crowley turns to leave. A few minutes later, Susan comes in and apologizes to Jack for keeping her relationship with Alfred from him, and she questions if Jack’s dreams still include her.

Back at the patio, The Magus and Joan are in the midst of their ritual. Agent Warren approaches Richard and asks how could he be involved with someone (ie, Marisol, and more importantly, Jack) who would be involved with this “depravity”? Richard hallucinates and sees Marisol in Joan’s place.

Richard storms out with Marisol following, they cross paths with Jack, and Richard angrily tells Jack that it was a great idea to invite all these people to the house, Chang joins in and says that they can kiss JPL goodbye. Outside Richard and Marisol argue about what just happened, Marisol tells Richard that if he wants to manifest his Will, this is how manifesting Will is done. It’s called Sex Magick, not be nice and work real hard magick.

Chang (Keye Chen) informs Richard and Marisol that the gates of the mansion are locked and no one can get out. At the same time, General Braxton is still feeling the effects of the drugs and wanders the Parsonage. When he meets Ernest who backs the General into a corner, his intention hidden behind a smile, the scene is interrupted when Jack’s mother Ruth walks in with the General hat and coat, Ruth leads the General to “someplace he can get his wits about him.”

Later we see that the dinner party has turned into a real party, with drinks and drugs shared by the members of the Lodge and the soldiers in attendance. Brigitte (Joslyn DeFreece) and Wallace sit together discussing her background, Wallace asking if she was born a woman, Brigitte responds, “I was, just in the wrong body.” Wallace smiles and says, “I don’t see anything wrong,” which brings a smile to Brigitte’s face and the two walk off to be alone.

Unfortunately, their rendezvous turns it an interrogation about Brigitte’s knowledge of Aleister Crowley. At the same time Ernest confronts Alfred who tells Ernest he has been deceived, Ernest reveals himself to be the one who put Susan’s underwear on Alfred’s bed.

Still looking for Ernest, Jack comes into the Library to find General Braxton and his mother on the couch, obviously doing more than talking. An embarrassed General Braxton tells Jack that one no needs to know what happened there that night and he sees no reason why JPL can’t move forward. With Jack at the helm.

Richard and Marisol wait outside for the gates to open, Richard tells Marisol that he does not think she is a pervert but does ask if she misses the Lodge, Marisol says that she does a little. Richard says maybe they could try Sex Magick, and the thought of someone else touching her makes him sick to his stomach at which Marisol embraces Richard, and they share a passionate kiss.

On the patio, a triumphant Jack watches and the dinner guest play in the fountain, Chang comes to tell him someone locked the gates as they both hear a scream and run into the house. Upstairs Agent Warren throws Brigitte on her bed and continues the interrogation. The look on Brigitte’s face makes Warren look at her dresser and back to the family picture. Taking the image out of the frame, he unfolds it to see that another person is in the image, in a German uniform. Warren takes the photo and puts it up to Brigitte’s face, realizing that the man in the uniform is Brigitte.

Jack and the others find a long stream of blood leading out of the house; they wonder if Ernest is attempting to cross the abyss. Jack goes outside to find sigils painted on the garage and a dead lamb hanging from the ceiling; it’s throat cut. Jack finds Ernest meditating over a pool of gasoline, Ernest takes out a lighter and lights a candle. A worried Jack confesses to Ernest that he faked the Angel to save his life.

Outside the gates of the Parsonage, the police have arrived including D.A. Yates (J. Downing). Ernest tells Jack that the war machine will not get him to where he is trying to go; he needs to get back onto the only path that matters. Jack tells Ernest that he needs him at which Ernest puts the dagger from earlier in Jack’s hand, “You need to face your destiny,” he tells Jack. Jack begs Ernest not to drop the lighter, but Ernest is determined. His last words being “Love is the Law, Love under Will” as he drops the lighter.

Jack runs for his life, barely escaping as the garage explodes. As the Pasadena Police come onto the grounds, D.A. Yates finds a piece of Liber Oz* that has survived the exploaion.

Jack, the Lodge, and the Police watch the flames of Ernest’s crossing as the episode comes to a close.

Liber LXXVII (aka Liber Oz)

“the law of the strong :this is our law and the joy of the world.”         —AL. II. 21. 
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”—AL. I. 40.“thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no
other shall say nay.” —AL. I. 42–3.“Every man and every woman is a star.” —AL. I. 3.There is no god but man.1.  Man has the right to live by his own law—
to live in the way that he wills to do:
to work as he will:
to play as he will:
to rest as he will:
to die when and how he will.2.  Man has the right to eat what he will:
to drink what he will:
to dwell where he will:
to move as he will on the face of the earth.3.  Man has the right to think what he will:
to speak what he will:
to write what he will:
to draw, paint, carve, etch, mould, build as he will:
to dress as he will.4.  Man has the right to love as he will:—
“take your fill and will of love as ye will,
when, where, and with whom ye will.” —AL. I. 51.5.  Man has the right to kill those who would thwart these rights.“the slaves shall serve.” —AL. II. 58.
“Love is the law, love under will.” —AL. I. 57.

“Liber LXXVII.” 2019. Oto-Usa.Org. 2019. http://lib.oto-usa.org/libri/liber0077.html.

 

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