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"The X-Files" Little Green Men (TV Episode 1994) Poster

(TV Series)

(1994)

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The only season premiere of The X-Files not to be written by creator Chris Carter.
In this episode Senator Richard Matheson is introduced, named after the great science fiction and horror writer of the same name.
_Gillian Anderson (I)_ had already an advanced pregnancy in these episodes. Because of this all her shots from this episode to The X-Files: One Breath (1994) are done in a way that her belly is not shown.
Darren McGavin, star of Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974), which was one of this show's biggest influences, was approached for the roles of Senator Matheson (Mulder's government contact in The X-Files: Little Green Men (1994), The X-Files: Nisei (1995) and The X-Files: S.R. 819 (1999) and William Mulder (Fox's dad), but he turned both roles down. Eventually, he was cast as Arthur Dales, a retired FBI Agent, for the episodes The X-Files: Travelers (1998) and The X-Files: Agua Mala (1999).
If you look closely at the papers that both Mulder and Scully print out with the "contact" information on them, one column reads "10.13" over and over again. "10-13" is the name of Chris Carter's production company as well as his birthday (October 13, 1956).
Mulder drives a tan 2nd gen Chevy K5 Blazer, which is also the same truck that he drove in The X-Files: Shapes (1994).
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The first episode to touch on Mulder's love of sunflower seeds.
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Second appearance of Skinner. The character had previously appeared in The X-Files: Tooms (1994).
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The first episode to open with what would become one of the series' trademarks - a voiceover over the pre-credits teaser.
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This episode features the first visualization of Samantha's abduction. It differs from the way that Mulder talks about it in The X-Files: Pilot (1993) and The X-Files: Conduit (1993) but Chris Carter has said that this is down to Mulder's shaky remembrance of a hugely traumatic event.
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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.
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Chris Carter originally wanted Mulder to travel to Russia to trace the extra-terrestrial signals but these plans fell through. Puerto Rico became the location instead.
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Not surprisingly, Mulder's computer password is "trustno1". These were the last words that Deep Throat said before he died, and was indeed used in the titles of the season 1 finale, The X-Files: The Erlenmeyer Flask (1994). "Trust No 1" would also be the title of an episode in Season 9.
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Raymond J. Barry's character, Senator Matheson, would re-appear in the Season 3 episode The X-Files: Nisei (1995) and in Season 6 in The X-Files: S.R. 819 (1999). The character is named after the horror and Twilight Zone writer.
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On first viewing, the Fox executives hated this episode and wanted it completely redone.
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Originally the opening monologue was supposed to be read by Senator Matheson.
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Note how in the flashback to Samantha's abduction, the young Fox has brown eyes, while the adult one has grey-blue ones.
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The first time we actually see a real extra-terrestrial in the series (Chris Carter felt it was time to finally reveal one).
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