"Little Green Men" was the first episode of the second season of The X-Files science-fiction television series created by Chris Carter.
With the X-Files shut down, Mulder finds his own belief in the truth waning. So when an old political ally gives him a new reason to believe, he goes alone to an abandoned SETI program site in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Concerned for his safety, Scully has to track down his whereabouts before someone or something else does.
- Origin Of Idea: An episode made for David Duchovny (his "Beyond the Sea") which would make Mulder question himself and his beliefs.
- Senator Matheson was named after the sci-fi and horror writer Richard Matheson, who wrote The Twilight Zone classics.
- Sen. Matheson was also originally the person who was to recite the teaser opening monologue about Voyager. (This opening is kind of reminiscent of the teaser in the Space: Above and Beyond episode "And If They Lay Us To Rest").
- 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.
- The infamous plane manifest that Scully is scanning in search for Mulder is a list of X-Files fans.
- The discrepancies of Samantha's abduction between this episode and "Conduit" were unintentional (GM: "We don't watch the shows over and over"), but it makes sense, since Mulder was under hypnosis at the time, and memories can become muddled. (They had to use this excuse again when continuity problems arose in their 4th season episode, "The Field Where I Died".)
- The FOX executives didn't like this episode at first viewing and wanted them to make a completely different one.
- This episode is aka "The Second Episode Pilot".
- Darren McGavin (Kolchak) was sought out for the Senator Matheson role. He also was sought after to be Mulder's dad. In the end, McGavin finally agreed to be on the show playing Arthur Dales, the agent who originally founded the X-Files.
- Gillian said on the Conan O'Brien show that when they were filming the final scene escaping the Blue Berets, the actors had to pretend to shoot their guns with their own sound effects (ie. Pit-choo!!! BANG! BANG! puto-puto- choo-choo!), and that "it was very hard to focus without breaking out laughing."
- At the airport, Scully is pretending to read the fictional Miami Post Tribune but closer inspection reveals that she's actually reading the "Facts And Arguments" page from Canada's national paper, The Globe and Mail.
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