The X-Files

Season 2 Episode 1

Little Green Men

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 16, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary

With the X-Files closed, Scully has been assigned as an instructor at the FBI Academy while Mulder is doing menial surveillance work. After meeting with Senator Matheson, one of his supporters in regards to The X-Files, Mulder disobeys orders and heads to an abandoned SETI site in Puerto Rico which has unexplainably reactivated itself and could provide proof of contact with extra-terrestrial life.moreless

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  • After the first closing

    Loved the idea of the msg we send to outer the first time we see how Mulder's sister abducted
  • The wow signal.

    A powerful episode that continued the mythology left by "The Erlenmeyer Flask". The script, music, special effects and NASA footage create strong desperation and mystery, leaving us thirsty for what's to come.
  • Great episode

    We get the continuation of the end of season 1, lots of suspense, cigarette smokink of conspiracy. Mulder almost fire, but Skinner saves him. The love between Mulder and Scyully is shown.
  • Contact

    Continuing from the end of season 1 the X files is closed,Deep throat is dead and Mulder is frustrated about the work he is doing.Mulder then meets with senator Richard Matheson who wants the X files back so the truth will be known and he sends Mulder on a dangerous mission to Puerto Rico to find a telescope and also tells him to find contact.It becomes a dangerous task when Mulder gets to the telescope and finds a man there who later gets frightened to death.Then when Mulder gets his body back inside the telescope,contact finds Mulder and Mulder believes its the same aliens that kidnapped Samantha.The aliens was talking down the tape Mulder had on saying trust no one.When they left Mulder woke up and Scully was there thought he had all the proof he needed until the blue beret UFO retrieval team arrived to shoot on sight and Mulder couldn't get the body or any of the codes but he got the tape.I knew that Mulder would end up with nothing and he did after he escaped the Blue Beret and returned to Washington.Overall good start to the season and I believe its going to be another good season.moreless
  • Little Green Men

    After an excellent season finale, "The X Files" back with everything in its second season, resuming the story that seemed to have ended. Starting with a gorgeous epilogue of NASA experiments in an attempt to make contact as soon as we see the suffering of the two protagonists in this are in the situation of complete separation between them and transfer each to a different area of the police academy, with Scully in part of medicine and Mulder in prison to complete cases and small talk, both the simple theft and crimes that is required to investigate, both to hear two men talking about their nights with strippers, an avalanche of irrelevance to it. Despite the closure of X files, double invests in a possible new discovery and the possibility of contact, going to Mexico in search of evidence. The temperate climate of Central America did not match much of the episode, which really needed a more cold, not as climatic as expected, but this is just amazing supplied by appearances and by the emission of sounds bizarre aliens (even if we can only see the outline of the creature). Surprises aside, the scene back in time to the day that Mulder's sister, Samantha, is abducted, it can be so mysterious, and exciting in white lights, red and blue UFO. Conspiracy theories are still here, a little quieter, as well as discrete puffs of CSM and the consequences of the release of the Voyager spacecraft sent into space in the seventies by NASA, which had large amounts of information about the habits, the arts and anatomy of the human species. With a great persecution in the forest, a lot of police surveillance and attempts to resuscitate the dead X-Files, the initial episode of the season is a big turn in a series that only has not disappeared by the love of devout fans.moreless
Marcus Turner

Marcus Turner

Young Fox Mulder

Guest Star

Fulvio Cecere

Fulvio Cecere


Guest Star

Deryl Hayes

Deryl Hayes

Agent Morris

Guest Star

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Cigarette Smoking Man

Recurring Role

Vanessa Morley

Vanessa Morley

Young Samantha Mulder

Recurring Role

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Assistant Director Walter Skinner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Mulder's love of sunflower seeds is first touched on in this episode.

    • Instead of Puerto Rico, the original location was supposed to be Moscow, Russia. Carter was actually trying to get the episode filmed there, but it fell through.

    • Mulder's password is "trustno1" the final words spoken by Deep Throat in last season's closer.

    • The character of Senator Matheson would later reappear in the season 6 episode "S.R. 819" and previously in the season three episode "Nisei"

    • There is an obvious mistake in the abduction scene. The year is 1973, and Mulder is wearing #30 New York Knicks Bernard King jersey. The only problem is Bernard came to the Knicks in 1982.

    • Continuity: In "Pilot" and in Mulder's hypnotherapy in "Conduit", Mulder says that he and Samantha were in bed at the time of her abduction, but in the flashback here we see that they were playing Stratego in the living room when it happened.

    • Audio and Visual Unsynchronized: When Scully is trying to guess Mulder's password, the words she types do not match the audible number of keys she presses.

    • Revealing Mistakes: A couple of things give away the fact that Scully is most definitely not at Miami International Airport. First of all the payphone she uses takes 20 cents, of which there are none in the USA. Secondly, while most other people are dressed for summer, Scully wears a long trenchcoat (also used to hide the fact that Gillian Anderson was pregnant at the time).

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Senator Matheson: Four and a half billion years from now, when the sun exhausts its fuel and swells to engulf the Earth, this expression will still be out there, travelling. Four and half billion years. That is... if it's not intercepted first.

    • Mulder: We wanted to believe... we wanted to call out. On August 20th and September 5th 1977, two spacecraft were launched from the Kennedy Space Flight Centre, Florida. They were called Voyager. Each one carries a message. A gold-plated record depicting images, music and sounds of our planet, arranged so that it may be understood if ever intercepted by a technologically mature extraterrestrial civilisation. Thirteen years after its launch, Voyager I passed the orbital plane of Neptune and essentially left the solar system. Within that time there were no further messages sent, nor are any planned. We wanted to listen. On October 12th 1992 NASA initiated the high resolution microwave survey. A decade long search by radio telescope scanning ten million frequencies for any transmission by extraterrestrial intelligence. Less than one year later first term Senator Richard Brian successfully championed an amendment which terminated the project. I wanted to believe, but the tools had been taken away. The X-Files had been shut down. They closed our eyes... our voices have been silenced.... our ears now deaf to the realms of extreme possibilities.

    • Mulder: Four dollars for the first hour of parking is criminal. What you got better be worth at least forty-five minutes.

    • CSM: Your time is over...and you leave with nothing.

    • Mulder: Deep Throat said "trust no one." And that's hard, Scully. Suspecting everyone, everything, it wears you down. You even begin to doubt what you know is the truth. Before, I could only trust myself. Now, I can only trust you...and they've taken you away from me.

    • Student: Are you okay, Agent Scully? You kind of sounded a little spooky.

    • Mulder: It should be right here. The entire tape is blank.
      Scully: You know, an electrical surge in the outlet during the storm may have degaussed everything, erasing the entire tape. You still have nothing.
      Mulder: I may not have the X-Files, Scully, but I still have my work. And I've still got you. And I still have myself.

    • Troisky: Looks like the "wow" signal.
      Scully: The "wow" signal?
      Troisky: Ohio State has a radio telescope that conducts electronic searches for extraterrestrial intelligence. In August 1977, my buddy, Jerry Ehman, found a transmission on the print-out like this. He was so excited, he wrote "wow" in the margins.
      Scully: What was there?
      Troisky: A signal thirty times stronger than galactic background noise. It came through on the twenty-one centimeter frequency which no satellite transmitters are allowed to use. The signal was intermittent... like morse code. And more importantly, the signal seemed to turn itself on while in the telescope's beam. The "Wow" signal is the best evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. But this...this is better.

    • Matheson: I take it you're familiar with the high-resolution microwave survey?
      Mulder: The search for extraterrestrial radio signals. They shut it down.
      Matheson: You have to get to the radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico. I'll try to delay them as long as I can but my guess is you'll have at least twenty-four hours. After that, I can no longer hold off the Blue Beret U.F.O. Retrieval Team. And they have been authorized to display terminal force.
      Mulder: What am I looking for?
      Matheson: Contact.

    • Mulder: Have you ever been to San Diego?
      Scully: Yeah.
      Mulder: Did you check out the Palomar observatory?
      Scully: No.
      Mulder: From 1948 until recently, it was the largest telescope in the world. The idea and design came from a brilliant and wealthy astronomer named George Ellery Hale. Actually, the idea was presented to Hale one night. while he was playing billiards, an elf climbed in his window and told him to get money from the Rockefeller Foundation for a telescope.
      Scully: And you're worried that all your life, you've been seeing elves?
      Mulder: In my case... little green men.
      Scully: But, Mulder... during your time with the X-Files, you've seen so much.
      Mulder: That's just the point. Seeing is not enough, I should have something to hold onto. Some solid evidence. I learned that from you.

    • Scully: It is advantageous to begin an autopsy with removal of the cranium. The cranium is opened with a horizontal division an inch above the eyebrow ridges.
      Female Student: Something wrong?
      Scully: What this man imagined... his dreams, who he loved, saw, heard, remembered... what he feared... somehow it's... all locked inside this small mass of tissue and fluid.

    • Mulder: (to Jorge) Noho on the rojo.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Title: Little Green Men

      An obvious allusion to the age-old view of aliens as little green men from Mars. It's also a nod to the way the aliens in X-Files are anything but, and to Mulder's playing with the FBI agent in the episode "Squeeze", when the agent talks about little green men and Mulder replies that Reticulans are actually grey.

    • Troisky: Looks like the "wow" signal.

      The "wow" signal was a mysterious radio signal that was received at an Ohio state radio telescope on August 15, 1977. Astrophysicist Jerry R. Ehman was so impressed by the transmission readout on a print-out that he wrote "wow" in the margins. The source of the signal was not been identified.

    • Mulder: Good thing it wasn't a Double Jeopardy question.

      Mulder is referring to the name of the second round in the popular TV game show Jeopardy!. The show debuted in 1964.

    • Mulder: Leave it, I'm watching The Magician at nine.

      The Magician was a NBC television series that ran during the 1973-1974 season. The series told the story of stage illusionist Anthony Blake who used his skills to solve crimes.

    • Man: Well, anyway, she's onstage dancing to that Offspring song, "Come Out and Play."

      The Offspring is an American punk/rock band from California that was founded in 1984. The song "Come Out and Play" was the first single off their third album released in 1994.

    • Senator Matheson: Are you familiar with the high-resolution microwave survey in Arecibo?

      Senator Richard Matheson calls upon Mulder to visit the Arecibo Observatory near San Juan, Puerto Rico. Although Mulder says the project was terminated by Nevada Senator Richard Bryan, the radio telescope at Arecibo - also seen in the movie Contact - still scans the skies for signs of intelligent life as part of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project.

    • Mulder: They were called Voyager.

      This episode begins with Mulder's voiceover about the Voyager project. Voyager I and II were a pair of NASA space probes launched in 1977 to study the solar system and the galaxy beyond. Each carried a universal message intended for any alien life they might encounter. Having finished their study of the planets around our sun in 1989, the two probes have continued to travel further than ever before, eventually passing Neptune and leaving the solar system.