Strange Angel, Recap: Season 2, Episode 7 – Aeon

As the episode opens, we see the men of Aerojet and the military discussing the new Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Everyone is there, except for Jack, who is at home in his lab, making drugs. Outside, Joan is preparing to leave as the other members of the lodge who remain see her off. At Aerojet, Agent Wallace is furious that Richard has included Jack in the paperwork for JPL. Back at the Parsonage, Susan is working on Alfred’s appeal; Patty comes in to tell Susan that Virgil called and that he is worried that Susan and Jack are going to lose the house, after which Susan experiences another bout of morning sickness. Outside, Jack is attempting to drive away the vision of Crowley that has come to see him. Could it be all in Jack’s head or has Crowley come to see him through Astral Projection?

Jack and Richard are discussing Jack’s involvement with JPL.

Richard tells Jack that Richard managed to convince Braxton and Wallace to include him in JPL but on the condition that he receive a psychiatric evaluation. Richard tells Jack that either he takes the evaluation or Jack is taken off the project for good.

As Jack storms out, a carrier delivers Marisol a telegram from the United States Army with terrible news.

Susan and their lawyer visit Alfred in Prison. The lawyer tells Alfred that even with good behavior, he may still be in prison for five years. Alfred says that this is a witchhunt to which the lawyer tells them that the court will try and make an example of him. After their lawyer leaves, Alfred tells Susan that he loves her and she returns the sentiment.

Susan tells Alfred that he will still have a home when he gets of prison, Alfred asks if that is all Alfred will have as telling the guard he and Susan are finished.

Back at the Parsonage, Jack and Susan sit in the bathroom as Susan again feels sick. Susan tells Jack that she thinks that this could be a new chapter for them and that they could be a family. Jack takes her hand and tells Susan that they could try while having a vision of his night in bed with Patty.

Later, at the Aerojet offices, Jack is having his evaluation with the military psychiatrist. The answers Jack gives are questionable.

The psychiatrist does not mark the responses on the exam as Jack gives them, indicated that he does not believe what Jack is telling him.

Aleister Crowley appears in the room with Jack and asks Jack, “are these the people you betrayed me for?”

Back in Jack’s office, Patty suggests turning the Parsonage into a proper boarding house, so that even if Aerojet does not work out, they have a place to live.

Jack tells Patty that what happened between them can not happen again, that he is going to be a father and needs to act responsibly. Patty tells Jack that nothing he has was because he was responsible, why start now.

Marisol, Richard, and her family hold a vigil for her brother killed in battle. Marisol wishes that her brother could see them all together; it was all he wanted.

Marisol’s father tells Richard that Richard has his blessing to marry Marisol. Richard tells him that they no longer need his blessing because Richard and Marisol decided they will not be getting married. Marisol’s father tells Richard, he hopes he can hang on to her.

Back at the Parsonage, the group is sitting down to dinner. Patty walks into the dining room wearing Susan’s red dress, telling her that she won’t be able to fit into it much longer. “I thought we shared everything in this house,” Patty says, looking at Jack as she sits down. Susan becomes ill and leaves the table; Jack follows.

Susan asks Jack if anything happened between Jack and Patty. Susan is furious that Jack slept with Patty, telling him anyone else but her. Susan comes into Patty’s room and tells Patty that she needs to leave.

Patty tells Susan that she was following her Will and that the man Susan truly loves is in prison. Patty then says to Susan she has an idea on how to get Alfred out of jail.

The next morning Richard and Marisol are listening to the radio, Richard seems distracted and tells Marisol he is worried about Jack’s results. Richard ask Marisol about the night of the vigil with her father, Marisol says to Richard she never understood before but does now, that’s its good to know someone is going to be there for you no matter what.

At the Parsonage, Virgil and Mabel come to visit. Susan takes their mother into the garden as Virgil goes to meet Patty in the library. Susan asked her mother how she could continue pretending like nothing is wrong? Susan’s mother responds that she has lost both of her children; maybe one day, Susan will know what it is like to be a mother.

In the library, Virgil tells Patty that everything he has done was to save her, Patty asks from who, Virgil responds from herself. Patty says to Virgil the only way she will ever step foot in his house again is if he swears never to touch her again.

At the offices of Aerojet, Jack and the Rocketeers await his results. He is of sound mind and that the delusions were caused by exhaustion, drug use, and alcohol consumption. Jack is offered an ongoing role with JPL…as a fuel technician. General Braxton adds that the military could not in good conscience leave Jack in a position of authority.

Jack then ask who will run JPL to which Agent Wallace responds, Mr. Onsted, who else?

Jack is furious as he walks about of the meeting, he looks for Patty, someone who would be on his side, Richard tells Jack that Richard is on Jack’s side just as Crowley appears and tells Jack, Richard has been looking to push him out from the start.

As the military comes out, Jack tells the assembled, he doesn’t need to be apart of JPL, he still runs Aerojet, and they don’t need the military, Jack tells Richard they need to turn their attention back to the stars and not building weapons of war.

Jack tries to explain to Richard that the military will eventually turn on him as well to which Richard response by asking Jack how much he wants for his share of the company. Braxton tells Jack the military won’t do business with Aerojet with Jack in charge.

Jack walks out saying, “the new Aeon is upon us, and it is necessary to defend freedom unless we all wish to be slaves.”

Later, Virgil and Mabel go to the police station. The detective tells them a package and that some new evidence has come to light. The package contains a recording of Virgil and Patty, of Virgil confessing to molesting Patty.

Virgil tries to make excuses, but the detective and Mabel are not having any of it. Mabel refuses to leave with Virgil and slaps him across the face. Mabel goes to make a sworn statement against Virgil who is arrested for rape.

The next day, Jack is sitting on a hilltop overlooking the new Jet Propulsion Laboratory as they test a new rocket. As the rocket leaves the atmosphere, Jack inhales a line of cocaine.

Outside of city hall, Susan shows DA Yates a copy of the local newspaper. She tells him that they did leave out the detail that Virgil was a major donor to his campaign. She says Yates has something she wants and if he gives it to her, the story dies there.

Back at the Parsonage, Patty shows Ruth a classified ad for the new boarding house. Ruth says Patty is a clever girl with a smile to which Jack agrees.

At the same time, Susan walks in with Alfred. Alfred tells everyone he knows he needs to work to regain their trust that they need to celebrate the Agape rising from the asses as well as a new life, sharing a smile with Susan.

That night Jack and Susan are in their room, Jack says he was willing to be the father to which Susan responds, it will have your name, but that is all it will have, she is relieving Jack of his obligation.

As Jack and Susan lay in bed, Susan gets up and walks out of the room; she is met in the hallways by Patty who goes into the bedroom with Jack as Susan goes to Alfred’s bedroom.

Patty tells Jack that it’s time to take what is his.

In London, Aleister Crowley receives a call from Jack, who after receiving a sizeable offering, tells Jack that he is free to pursue his path. Jack ask Crowley if he did see him. Crowley asks Jack the only question he needs to ask if he wants to be a man or a Magus, something the projection of Crowley asked Jack before.

In prison, Virgil is showering when he is stabbed several times by an unseen assailant. As he bleeds out, he holds up the knife, one just like the knife Ernest carried.

The episode time jumps a few months into the future, Richard and Marisol have decided to marry after all. Richard’s mother arrives; she gives Richard his grandmother’s ring to give to Marisol. As Marisol’s father walks her down the aisle, we see a flash to the Parsonage where the Agape is holding a ceremony of their own.

Susan, her pregnancy fully showing, has taken over the role of High Priestess to Alfred’s High Priest, while everyone, including Jack and Patty, looks on.

But all is not right in the Agape. As Alfred is concluding the ceremony, the Lodge members blow out their candles. Jack steps forward with the ceremonial dagger and declares he is claiming his mantle as Magus.

We flash between the two ceremonies as we see the Catholic communion and the Thelemic communion intertwine. As Marisol and Richard share a kiss as husband and wife, the lodge is engaging in an orgy. Susan and Alfred are not participating in the festivities down stairs, Alfred suggest going to Mexico as he intended. Susan tells Alfred if they leave, Jack wins. As Jack and Patty are having sex, Jack sees figures wearing masks appearing and disappearing, and finally, Jack sees his mother standing by the door, taking in the scene. Jack sees images of space and rockets, and he and Patty become from frantic.

The next morning, Jack awakens to a loud knock at the door. As Jack get up to answer, we see the house filled with bodies as the participants in last nights orgy feel asleep where ever there was space.

Jack and Patty open the door to find. L. Ron Hubbard who has come in response to the classified ad for renters as the episode and season come to a close.



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.