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‘Strange Angel’ goes there, teases Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard at season end

[Daniel Abeles as the Great Thetan]

As much as we enjoyed George Pendle’s book about Jack Parsons, Strange Angel, we don’t have CBS All Access and so we haven’t been keeping up on the television adaptation.

When the series started last year, we confirmed with the network that because the storyline was starting in 1938, some seven years before Hubbard made his entrance in the Parsons saga, the first season would not include the Scientology founder.

One of our readers has now let us know that LRH did finally show up, but only at the very end of season two…

After a freak-out pagan orgy scene, the next morning there’s a loud persistent knocking, and Jack Parsons opens the door:

Hubbard: “Good morning I’m here for the ad about tenants. I’ve heard a lot of things about you Mr. Parsons, all bad, very bad which is my kind of thing of thing.”


Parsons: “And you are?”

Hubbard: “Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, but my friends call me Ron.”

And here I thought Rupert Friend’s crazed ‘Ernest’ character was going to be the “composite character” to serve as the fly in the ointment, but they blew him up in an explosion a couple episodes ago, and here we have LRH himself ready to come steal a boat and a girlfriend right at the end of season two! It’s a cliffhanger!

I wonder if the Scientology machine wants to sue for likeness infringement or anything else they can think of. But yeah this is great, totally can’t wait for season three, which would likely be its last as I’m sure they eventually have to blow up Jack Parsons! Which means they ain’t got nothing to lose!

Our reader has a point there. Parsons died in an explosion in 1952, so maybe the series could go out in a blaze of glory and show Sara Northrup ditching Parsons for Ron, and then the two of them going off to Florida with some of Jack’s cash. But only after some of that wacky ‘Babalon Working’ stuff with the moonchild and all.

When the series began, we saw some complaining about how much it was veering from the historical record when it came to Parsons and his involvement in the OTO, but we don’t have enough familiarity with the show to know if that’s still the case.

Maybe it is time for Hubbard’s close up. We’ll be interested to see if the series is renewed.


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Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

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Posted by Tony Ortega on July 31, 2019 at 07:00

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