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Strange Angel – “Augurs of Spring”

(This is a recap/review of the first episode of Strange Angel. There are spoilers, so proceed with caution!)

The first episode opens on an ancient hunting scene, beneath a bright red moon. The hunter (Wan Hu portrayed by Telly Liu) strikes against a large tiger. The scene is bathed in deep reds, with dramatic music. A whistle interrupts the action, and we are introduced to Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor). He’s on his lunch break, reading a comic, Amazing and True, The Path of the Hunter by Christopher Dexter. His boss orders him back to work, and we immediately discover Jack’s resistance to authority. 

Turns out Jack is a janitor at Pueblo Powder Co. He steals some gunpowder on the sly and gets to work in his garage building his experiment, before driving out into the desert to meet his partner, Richard Onstead (Peter Mark Kendall). 

Jack: “Ad astra…”

Richard: “Per aspera.”

(Per aspera ad astra (or, less commonly, ad astra per aspera) is a popular Latin phrase meaning “through hardship to the stars.”) Jack lights the fuse, and the rocket falls well short of their hopes.

Susan Parsons (Bella Heathcote) is at home reading the Bible, waiting up for Jack. She hides it in the mattress. Jack arrives home and fills his wife in, casually lying about the distance the rocket reached. Then he hits his wife up for more money when they’re behind on their mortgage. Nice!! (Blowing shit up is expensive, honey!!) 

What’s even nicer is having sex with your wife while she lays still, looking uncomfortable as fuck. I didn’t quite catch this on my first watch, but thanks to Sydney, it looks like Jack pulls out before coming (because he never wanted to have kids, per the book. Susan gives Jack a sex rag to clean up. The whole scene shows their awkwardness and stiffness with one another.  The music is also a little creepy here, just a piano playing simple keys before a slightly fuller sound. Jack hears a noise outside, and that’s when he sees Ernest Donovan (Rupert Friend) moving in next door.

Jack: “Who moves in the middle of the night?”

The next morning, Jack heads over to Caltech for a big meeting with Richard and Professor Mesulam (Rade Serbedzija). Again, you see Jack breaking rules, going where he is not allowed. Richard is clearly not happy with him and doesn’t think they are ready to present their proposal. However, Jack is not deterred one bit, maybe because Richard has his professional career at stake. 

Jack: “Have a little faith, Rich. They’ll be naming buildings after us by the time we’re done.” (clever, eh?)

Professor Mesulam is not convinced and warns Jack and Richard about biting off more than they can chew.

Professor Mesulam: “Small advances needed before big ones can be made.”

Jack: “What if we’re not content to be someone else’s stepping stone?”

Jack continues countering Professor Mesulam, even minimizing the fact that he did not complete his undergraduate degree. Protocols just “weigh him down.” The meeting ends on the wrong note, so Jack returns to convince (exaggerating along the way) Professor Mesulam to observe their next demonstration. Much to Richard’s anxiety, the professor agrees. 

The objective of the meeting was to get approval to build a functional rocket motor, but of course, Jack misrepresented their work as they already built one. Can you spell L-I-A-R?

Richard: “I just wish that you’d stick to the facts once in a while.”

After the meeting, Jack once again stretches the truth to Susan, who seems to be very much invested in her husband’s success. Next, the Parsons decide to walk over some banana bread and introduce themselves to their new neighbor.

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Rupert Friend Is Tired of Killing

Rupert Friend Is Tired of Killing:

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HELLO, MR. FRIEND. MAY I LAY DOWN WITH YOU FOR A MOMENT ON THIS CARPET? MAY I TOUCH THAT “FRISKY CORDUROY” SUIT OF YOURS?

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HEAVENS TO BETSY! HE LOOKS SO CLEAN SHAVEN, WITH BARELY A MUSTACHE. 

Okay…I think I’ve gathered myself, and I’ll take the caps lock off.

This article is so well-written and full of good info, you must read the whole thing! It also mentions #NotOurHomeland 👍🏼

Here are some highlights:

If you’re looking for a man to lead you astray, you could do worse than Mr. Friend, who specializes in rebels, rakes and hit men. He’s that rare Hollywood animal, a starring actor who feels genuinely dangerous, onscreen anyway.

“Strange Angel” is Mr. Friend’s television resurrection, and it’s a series he initially resisted when his agent sent along the synopsis. He had played enough hard men, enough dark hearts. Just because he has a type doesn’t mean he likes it. “I don’t really want to spend five years sacrificing virgins,” he said. 

In his next movie, Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor, a nourish thriller about mommy bloggers, he turned down a lead and instead requested the smaller role of a self-obsessed fashion designer named Dennis Nylon. Mr. Feig said he “was completely shocked because it is kind of this ridiculous part.”

And Mr. Friend can now be found on the Paramount lot, cuddling a goat, crashing a motorcycle, playing the ukulele, doing whatever else “Strange Angel” requires. After reading the scripts on an Antarctic vacation, he discovered that Ernest wasn’t really a dark character after all, or at least not entirely. He was a seeker and a poet, “the kind of guy who asks you for a beer and you know it’s going to end in jail, but you want to go anyway,” he said.

And make sure you read all the way to the end, to hear about Rupert on set “with a frilly white-and-green flowered apron tied around his shabby tweeds.”

♥️😍 Such a great article!!

Rupert Friend Is Tired of Killing

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You do get the feeling that he is a lot happier doing weird stuff on STRANGEL like baking wafers from menstrual blood than he ever was playing broody and broken on Homeland (though these photos are yelling from the rooftop “BROODY!!!”). If only his hair weren’t so tragic. Also I’m not sure I buy that his letter was so beautiful that Alex Gansa decided to keep Quinn alive after season five (nor the new narrative that Rupert insisted on writing The Letter).

Going to ask again, has CD or anyone else from HL uttered the name Quinn or RF during the media rounds post S7?

I have to admit that I took a break from following the media at some point toward the end of the season, so my overview might not be complete, but as far as I followed here’s what we got:

Alex Gansa in Dec 2017: “Quinn colors Carrie’s every thought

Morgan Spector in March 2018:

“I was really impressed with Rupert Friend’s performance. It was an extremely demanding season for him and I thought he was incredible. I think Quinn was a character that fans became attached to, myself included, over the course of the six seasons and there was a sense of, ‘I know this person and they are part of my imaginary life in some way.’ You can’t develop that over the course of a few episodes. He was a wonderful character and I think he afforded the show an opportunity to really portray the human cost of the war on terror and what it has done to some American soldiers and to many, many more people in the countries affected by it.” (x)

Lesli Linka Glatter in June 2018:

“I’m always the one who ends up directing the scenes where we kill the ones we love.” (This was last week’s Emmy FYC Event, we posted some clips here.)

Mandy Patinkin spoke very warmly about Rupert during his speech at the Walk of Fame ceremony back in February, calling him “a gift to Homeland” (quoting from my memory).

And maybe the most beautiful words were said in our HYH “On the Record With…” interview series. You can find all interviews here, and here are two great satements about Rupert:

Maury Sterling in April 2018:

“As for working with Rupert, he is a royal pain in the ass whom I miss. 😉 I loved working with Rupert. He is a talented son of a gun.” (x)

Claire and McKenna Keane in May 2018:

“Who’s Rupert? Oh, you mean Quinn… because that’s what we called him on and off set. We miss working with him so much. He would carry us from our dressing room to set when it was time to shoot our scenes. And sometimes it took us a long time to get back into character between takes because he had us laughing so hard.” (x)

The lack of a proper send off spoke volumes–as we have said so many times, over and over again. 

These interviews are not as many as we wished for–but could it ever be enough when a beloved character leaves? Is there anything that would have felt right and enough? I doubt that.

Honestly, I didn’t expect them to be more vocal about Quinn/Rupert during season 7. They made the choices they made for season 6 and were radio silent about it, to a maddening extent, so why would they change that attitude when approaching a new season? And even more so, why would they talk about him after a successful season 7, the first season without him?

That’s sad and frustrating but I stopped spending too much energy on it. Look at the BTS pics of Rupert and his colleges at the set of Strange Angel and you’ll see a team that looks much happier together than what we saw from Homeland in season 6. And keep Quinn in your heart as a once-in-a-lifetime character who affected you deeply and profoundly. That’s what I do (and that’s why I still write fan fic).

And one last thing: it’s okay to move on and leave Homeland behind if it is no longer giving you what you are looking for. Losing Quinn has been tough for many of us and it’s okay to move on if it’s not enjoyable for you without him.

Strange Angel at ATX TV Festival

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I made sure to awake early enough to not forget anything, but the best laid plans…I ran out of the house without my sweater (for the cold movie theatre) or an umbrella (to shield me from the fierce Texas sun), and my phone on 20% battery! I plugged the cord into my phone last night, but somehow the cord was  not plugged into the wall 🙃

The Uber driver got me to my first destination safely. (I didn’t feel like worrying about driving and parking downtown.) I had to pick up my wristband before walking about a block to the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, where I would screen the first episode of Strange Angel and hopefully meet Rupert!

At first, I was in the line to the right and got a cute “boarding pass” for the event, courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

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Then I realized I needed to be in the line to the left, which was a much shorter line! And I got a new boarding pass – lucky #5!!

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After waiting in line and sweating to death for almost an hour, we were allowed inside the venue. I was able to snag a front row seat, sandwiched in between two very large guys, one of whom was hogging the armrest. Luckily they both left right after the screening, so I had plenty of room to take notes and see the action up front!

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Some Thoughts on the Show (a few spoilers)

The show was really interesting, with beautiful cinematography. We’ve all seen pictures of the period cars and clothing, but seeing it all flow together on screen – it’s rather lovely.

Ernest was prominent in the first episode. You’ve already seen the trailer where he meets Jack Parsons and his wife. There’s a little more to that exchange, but I don’t want to spoil it. Ernest is every bit an eccentric nonconformist, to say the least, which is why I suspect Rupert enjoyed this role.

For those concerned about animal sacrifices – I will say they did not show any animal slaughtered in the first episode, but it is implied that one is indeed slaughtered offscreen. 

And also…Rupert sang a song in a foreign tongue, just briefly, but 😍

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion began with the creator and showrunner, Mark Heyman, who talked about how the idea for the show began four and a half years ago. He grew up in New Mexico with new-aged parents who belonged to a cult-like organization called MSIA (which I assume was Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness). His best friend’s father was a chemist, and Heyman himself was intrigued by mysticism and science.

(Heyman mentioned he has about five seasons in mind. So if this first season is successful 🤗 I think that means MORE RUPERT!)

The panel moderator, Michael Schneider from IndieWire, asked Rupert specifically about his role as Ernest. Rupert stated that playing Ernest felt so different and was a definite departure from Homeland. He described Ernest as a “mysterious guy” who is “weirdly, dangerously magnetic and intriguing.” Rupert played Ernest as a “weirdo” who gives the audience something “that sucks you in.” He described the relationship between Ernest and Jack as volatile and important.

Because Ernest is not a character in the book, Schneider asked about whether or not he was a composite or completely fictionalized. The character was not a composite, and Heyman described Ernest as much more than a plot device. Ernest is a mentor and guide for Jack into the underworld. As the season develops, their relationship morphs and changes. There is a tug of war, a push and pull, and the relationship “flops” at a certain point.

When Rupert was asked about a path forward for Ernest in the story, Rupert really demurred and just said they “haven’t talked about going forward.” However, it’s obvious Ernest’s role would continue. Herman revealed there is a power dynamic at the start of the series that he likens to Cape Fear – an “intriguing menace.”

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(Michael Schneider (Panel Moderator), Jack Reynor (Jack Parsons), Rupert Friend (Ernest Donovan), Mark Heyman (Creator/Showrunner), David DiGilio (Executive Producer), and David Lowery (Director)

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Rupert looking cute!

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Rupert looking cute again 😍

Q&A Time

When Schneider asked for questions, my hand shot up 🖐🏼so I got to ask the first question!!! I asked Rupert, considering all the diverse characters he has played, what did he learn from Ernest Donovan, a very eccentric character. Rupert answered, “How to be a good neighbor.” Everyone laughed because we had just seen how neighborly Ernest and Jack were to one another. Rupert also mentioned learning how to fix cars was cool. The period cars were cool, but NOT easy to drive, according to Reynor. 

I asked the third and last question, because no one else raised their hand. I asked about working with the animals – I mentioned a lamb and chicken, and of course, Rupert corrected me that it was a goat. (And I knew it was a goat, like why the hell I said lamb, I don’t know! 😜) But the Director, David Lowery, mentioned he is a vegan and all animals were treated ethically and humanely.  He said Rupert had a very calming effect on the animals. (I THINK IT’S THOSE HANDS!) Rupert said the goat was supposed to be kicking during the scene where he holds him, but the goat was “happy and lovely.” Another cute tidbit: the goat had a baby sheep on the set as a buddy. As for Reynor, he said he was a “fucking chicken wrangler.” 😂

As the panel ended, I went up to the front quickly, hoping to get a picture and a handshake. A gentleman approached Rupert first and got a picture. Then I stuck my hand out and said, “May I say hello?” I shook Rupert’s hand (not washing my right hand forever now), and told him it was so great to meet him, I’m a big fan, and look forward to watching his show. Then I asked for a photo, and we took a quick selfie. It’s not the best shot, but I’m so glad I asked!

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See, he really IS a Strange Angel! That chest is awfully close to my face, too 😚 You can’t really see much of my shirt, but it had a red rose on each shoulder. I thought he might appreciate the gesture 😉

Afterward, I waited outside the building to see if he would come out the same way, and he did! I caught another quick pic of him with Reynor and saw others were taking pictures with them. That spot would have been a much better place for a pic, but I didn’t want to be a bother and ask for another one. 

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I stayed behind to watch him for a moment. There was a white van waiting outside with the doors open. I thought it might be their ride, but instead, they stood there longer and then walked away on foot. I was tempted to follow, but didn’t want to turn into a stalker! 😜

Just a couple other things: 

  • Rupert wore the brown, well-worn boots laced up only halfway.
  • That white shirt was very unbuttoned.
  • His hair looked pristine, with beautiful twinkling eyes. 
  • I don’t recall smelling Rupert, but he looked fresh!
  • Rupert was very kind about shaking my hand and taking a picture. I can’t remember a word he said, but I’m pretty sure he answered something in the affirmative when I asked to say hello and take a picture. I’m also pretty sure he said thank you when I gushed over him. 
  • Jack Reynor’s blue eyes POPPED! He’s a funny, handsome devil with a wickedly sexy Irish accent! He described growing a “filthy fucking mustache” as one of the challenges in making a period piece. 😂

You rock Laura!

findmyrupertfriend: Behind The Scenes ︱ “The …

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Behind The Scenes  “The Choice”︱A Super 8 Film Diary by Damian Lewis
↳ “Here he comes, through the trees. Look at him, he’s a fox. Handsome man.”

findmyrupertfriend: Behind The Scenes ︱ “The …

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Behind The Scenes ︱ “The Choice” ︱A Super 8 Film Diary by Damian Lewis
↳ “Rupert here being…ahhh…getting a little training in how to kill people. Me, mostly.  How to kill me. Don’t walk on dead leaves, Rupert!” 
 

Never saw that one before!

Ashley, I think you misinterpreted my ask abou…

Ashley, I think you misinterpreted my ask about being excited for Strangel. OF COURSE we all know Sydney and everyone else over at FMRF are psyched for this show. My question was whether or not the ladies over here at HYH were equally excited.

I didn’t misinterpret your question at all! I just think it would be an insult to the ladies who live, breathe, and gif Rupert Friend to even pretend we are equally excited for the premiere of STRANGEL.

Personally, I think that STRANGEL looks like a fucking fun show, along the lines of The Vampire Diaries or Supernatural. I hope it lives up to its campy premise. I mean, I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about Jack Parsons, but his sister-in-law (his wife’s sister, FYI) left him for his bestie, L. Ron Hubbard… the founder of Scientology. And they kept hanging out. (At least according to the Wikipedia entry that I skimmed right this second.)

Anybody who knows me knows that I love fun television, literature, whatever. I read R. L. Stine with the same voraciousness as my twelve-year-old self. I’m a sucker for a good plot twist. You think I’m deep (I’m not) because I have opinions on this ~prestige~ television program, but legit I’m a 24 junkie. I love vampire shit, I love trashy romance, I love television that makes zero sense and owns it.

I can’t stand television that’s boring, and STRANGEL does not look boring. Have I watched the trailer? No. Do I plan to watch the show? At some point, sure. Am I as psyched for it as people who really, really, really, really love Rupert Friend…? 

…no, but I doubt you’re as excited as I am about Madam Secretary S5, which Tim Daly still is alive in. 

Ashley, I think you misinterpreted my ask about being excited for Strangel. OF COURSE we all know Sydney and everyone else over at FMRF are psyched for this show. My question was whether or not the ladies over here at HYH were equally excited.

I didn’t misinterpret your question at all! I just think it would be an insult to the ladies who live, breathe, and gif Rupert Friend to even pretend we are equally excited for the premiere of STRANGEL.

Personally, I think that STRANGEL looks like a fucking fun show, along the lines of The Vampire Diaries or Supernatural. I hope it lives up to its campy premise. I mean, I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about Jack Parsons, but his sister-in-law (his wife’s sister, FYI) left him for his bestie, L. Ron Hubbard… the founder of Scientology. And they kept hanging out. (At least according to the Wikipedia entry that I skimmed right this second.)

Anybody who knows me knows that I love fun television, literature, whatever. I read R. L. Stine with the same voraciousness as my twelve-year-old self. I’m a sucker for a good plot twist. You think I’m deep (I’m not) because I have opinions on this ~prestige~ television program, but legit I’m a 24 junkie. I love vampire shit, I love trashy romance, I love television that makes zero sense and owns it.

I can’t stand television that’s boring, and STRANGEL does not look boring. Have I watched the trailer? No. Do I plan to watch the show? At some point, sure. Am I as psyched for it as people who really, really, really, really love Rupert Friend…? 

…no, but I doubt you’re as excited as I am about Madam Secretary S5, which Tim Daly still is alive in. 

Thank you, "bekind" for a great new …

Thank you, "bekind" for a great new IG photo of Rupert, Aimee and others with food!

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