[Art] I Want to Believe – “The Doctor”

No, not that Doctor, but who are we kidding, Scully will always be my Doctor.

One thing I liked about I Want to Believe was seeing Scully in her new role as a doctor at Our Lady of Sorrows Hospital.  It’s the life she had originally set out for before deciding to join the FBI, and a life she had sometimes pondered over the course of the series.  But in practice, we see her viewed as a bit of an outcast at the conservative Catholic hospital, where her decision to use stem cell therapy to treat a seriously ill child is looked down upon by her colleagues and the boy’s parents.  It kind of parallels Mulder’s reputation at the FBI, only it’s her science rather than supernatural beliefs that put her at odds with her religious peers.  Brilliant and successful, but never quite fitting in.



(Also, this is totally new art, just finished yesterday, and not something from 10 years ago.  Yay!)

[Art] “Fox and Samantha”

Another older piece from 2004 (Spoiler: Most of the old art I’ll be reposting was probably from 2004… I was on a big creative X-Files kick that entire year… also unemployed for most of it and watched X-Files on TNT for like 5 hours a night).  This drawing doesn’t have any particular episode affiliation, but I wanted to draw something that took place before Sam’s abduction with the two of them just being bratty little kids who didn’t yet have the weight of the world on their shoulders.


[Screenshots] The Glasses Master Post (Evolving Post)

Because glasses are sexy.  A screenshot gallery featuring the times Mulder and Scully donned corrective lenses.  Post will be updated as I make my way back through the series.

1×79 – Pilot

The first episode starts us off with a wealth of glasses shots featuring both of our favorite agents.

When we meet Mulder for the first time, he’s wearing glasses.



Scully wears glasses in the Pilot on multiple occasions.

Like reading on the plane.


And doing an autopsy.


And typing on her laptop before Mulder drops by.

And typing on her laptop again before the power goes out.



I’m not sure if any other episode in the entire series has so much hot glasses action.


1×01 – Deep Throat

Scully looks so sophisticated in her glasses as she waits for Mulder at the beginning of Deep Throat.



Who the fuck is this weirdo?




1×02 – Squeeze

Return of the Mulder!Glasses.




And another scene…




1×15 – Young at Heart

Scully wears her glasses at home while typing up a report.





1×21 – Born Again

While looking through documents, Scully is crushed beneath the weight of her own shoulder pads.  And is also wearing glasses.



2×03 – Blood

Scully’s glasses make an appearance in two different scenes.




2×07 – 3

The saddest Scully glasses.  ;_;  Still, it says something about the prominence of Scully’s glasses in the early days that Mulder would hold onto them along with her badge and her cross.


3×09 – Nisei

Mulder glasses make a nice little appearance in Nisei.




4×20 – Small Potatoes

Casual Friday night scientific research at home Scully glasses.







7×01 – The Sixth Extinction

Scully glasses are few and far between now, but this episode gives them a lot of screentime.  Scully glasses in Africa!  Now I need to go back and screencap all of the glasses in between!











11×08 – Nothing Lasts Forever

The series’ penultimate episode sees the triumphant return of the long lost Mulder glasses!! Mulder’s new bifocals, er… progressive lenses… are featured prominently in a few different scenes.



[Screenshots] Screenshot Comparison – Conduit

Image quality comparison! Samples for this set include Netflix (US, 2014), the original Season 1 DVD release (Region 1), and the HD remaster that aired on ZMAXX in Germany. It’s possible that the image quality on Netflix can vary with connection speed. I’m not sure how the ZMAXX version was captured, so I don’t know how that might affect the quality. I’m also not sure if there were any differences (such as in compression) between the original Season 1 DVD box set released in 2000 and any later printings. Updated to include capture from 2015 Blu-ray release.

(Click on images to enlarge.)


Netflix (2014, pre-HD)






HD (TV capture from ZMAXX)




[Comics] Season 10 – Pilgrims Arc – Musings of a Glasses-Wearing Man

I’m a big fan of IDW’s X-Files: Season 10 comics and need a place to ramble on about them.  Below are general thoughts and speculations about events and characters in the ongoing comic series.


[Note:  This post contains heavy spoilers for the X-Files: Season 10 comics, particularly Issues 11-15.  For anyone looking to catch up, these issues have since been collected in Volume 3 of the hardcover books, available here.]


So, let’s talk about the Glasses-Wearing Man.

Right before I picked up July’s issue, I was talking to my boyfriend about how I’d been wondering what had become of the characters who survived until the end of the show, especially Gibson. Then, as soon as I saw the chess board, I was like, “huh…” Then the whole mind-reading thing…

I don’t think we ever saw Gibson display telekinesis (did we?), but obviously William did, and Gibson was probably the character on the show most similar to William in terms of ability. Also, that might be part of the reason they’ve been keeping him in shadow, if it’s supposed to be an existing character, but they didn’t want us to recognize him right away.

If it is in fact Gibson, that just makes me wonder what’s happened over the past 12 years to make him go from wanting to do everything in his power to distance himself from what he is and everyone who wants to study him to apparently becoming a (the?) central figure in this neo-syndicate.

This also brought to mind Jeff Gulka’s comments from the LAX-Files book signing event back in 2011:

“…Smith’s seventh question asked Mitch and Jeff where they felt their characters were after the show ended. Mitch said he has no idea what Skinner is doing, but he has seen and read some outlandish stuff on the internet, where Skinner is photo shopped into situations. Jeff added that he thinks Gibson Praise is a bad guy, perhaps Cancer Man 2.0, reading people’s minds. Jeff added that he hopes there is a place for his character in a 3rd X-Files Film.”

[Source: http://lax-files.com/]

I’ve been thinking about the possibility of Gibson as the Glasses-Wearing Man (as he’s being referred to on eatthecorn.com), and I definitely think it’s possible, though I’d be really curious about how and why he’d end up going down that path. Though, really, he was, what, 15 the last time we saw him? And now he’d be about 27-ish. That’s a lot of time for a person to grow up and change and figure out who they want to be and what they want to make their purpose in life, so that could be interesting.

So, for reasons that kind of support Gibson as Glasses-Wearing Man:

– While in the presence of the Syndicate after being taken by them, he could have easily read everyone’s mind and gotten a pretty good idea of what they know and what’s going on.
– He also spent a year hanging out with Mulder, so he’d most likely know a good amount of what Mulder knows about the conspiracy from his perspective.
– Gibson has been face-to-face with aliens in multiple forms and can read their minds, as well (and possibly communicate with them that way?).
– The shadowy figures’s most distinguishing feature at this point is that he wears glasses. Considering that it’s probably not Skinner, Langly, or Frohike, I can’t think of many other characters who prominently wear glasses.
– They both greatly dislike/have no respect for CSM.
– I mean, the chess thing. Come on. It’s either gotta be Gibson, or Harris at least wants us to think it’s Gibson.
– Though it’s really interesting that he appears to be playing chess against himself (physically moving one side with his hand, moving the other with his mind). Have to wonder what that might imply, or if he’s just doing it to illustrate his point to CSM.
– He references a chess grandmaster in the context of where someone from the original Syndicate would probably be more likely to reference a political or military figure. (Though to be fair, CSM *was* fond of referring to the conspiracy as a “game.”)
– Also, the mind-reading thing. Not too many characters can do that. Possibly William, but that’s not confirmed, and this doesn’t seem like a 13 year-old kid. It could potentially be someone who gained the ability through exposure to an alien artifact like Mulder did, but so far Gibson seems like the most reasonable choice here, since he can probably use this ability most effectively, having been born with it.

Now for the more skeptical points:

– Based on his silhouette, he does seem to be a bit tall to be Gibson. Even as and adult, it seems like he would probably still be no taller than Scully.
– If Gibson wanted to keep tabs on Mulder and Scully, why would he be doing it through CSM and A.D. Morales? Last we knew, he still considered them to be friends.
– When did Gibson learn to Force Choke people?

I’m sure all will be answered in time, but this sort of speculation was always a fun activity when the show originally aired, and I’m glad to see that these comics are no different!