With the X-Files shut down, Mulder travels to Puerto Rico, where he attempts to uncover the meaning behind the sudden termination of a communications operation.



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Leslie Carlson ...
Dr. Troisky (as Les Carlson)
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Vanessa Morley ...
Deryl Hayes ...
Student (as Lisa Anne Beley)
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With his main informant dead and the X Files shut down, Mulder finds himself reassigned to regular FBI duties. He is convinced he's being followed and his conversations listened in on. Mulder soon vanishes and heads to Puerto Rico where the giant radio communications dish at Arecibo was recently shut down. There he finds evidence and has a close encounter but Scully has tracked him down and they manage to escape just as the military arrives. Written by garykmcd

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16 September 1994 (USA)  »

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At about 13:10 into the episode, Senator Matheson tells Mulder that "... in the next 4.5 million years, when the sun exhausts its fuel and swells to engulf the earth..." Is a mistake in scientific principle; one having nothing to do with the other. While it's most likely that life will end on the earth in approximately 4.5 billion years from now because of the heat being flung off in effort to use more dense materials to burn, it will no longer burn effectively, but the earth will not be engulfed for almost double that amount of time; an additional 7.5 to 8 million years from the time that life is no longer able to survive on the surface. Thus, what he's telling Mulder is both true and false. See more »


While Mulder and Scully are escaping Arecibo, the landscape seen is an alpine evergreen forest. There are no alpine evergreen forests in Puerto Rico. See more »


Mulder: Before I could only trust myself. Now I can only trust you.
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Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A good introduction to season two
6 October 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"The X-Files" was not very popular during season one, and got renewed only based on the cult fanbase which had gathered using newsgroups and due to a noticeable increase in the ratings from the beginning to the end of season one, with "The Erlenmeyer Flask", the season finale, receiving a promising 8.8 million viewers, the highest of the series up to that point.

FOX saw the promise and renewed "The X-Files" and also pushed it and promoted it quite well ahead of the premiere of the second season. As a result of the network expecting many new viewers "Little Green Men", the first episode of season two, actually plays like a pilot for the series, re-introducing many of the key parts of season one, some of this is done in the intro, the key catchphrases are repeated, the mythology is re-introduced, Samantha's abduction is shown in a flashback, etc. A new viewer could definitely begin with "Little Green Men" and not feel lost at all, and I think it actually has more in common with what The X-Files in general feels like and is about than "Pilot" which was obviously the actual pilot. Considering the overall quality of season one, with a few exceptional episodes excepted, a new viewer might actually be quite wise to begin with "Little Green Men" and check out the first season later if they become a fan.

Samantha's abduction in the flashback is fairly corny with the use of slow motion and bad child actors, but it's a key sequence and not terrible overall. It's immediately notable that the visual look of the series is clearly an improvement over season one and although not quite reaching the definitive look that would develop over the course of the next few episodes it is definitely not as dated and cheap as season one looked. What is dated and just plain odd is the score, which sounds really unlike The X-Files and unlike much of the first season's music as well.

Not a great episode, but a good introduction to season two and re-introduction to the series in general.


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