The X Files have been closed. Mulder is assigned to a tedious wire tap job and Scully is teaching at Quantico. Separated from Scully, mourning the loss of Deep Throat and depressed by his current situation Mulder begins to doubt his quest. Aided by his contact, Senator Richard Matheson, Mulder finds himself investigating potential communication from extra terrestrials in Puerto Rico. Scully desperately searches for her former partner who has neglected to book time off from work for his jaunt. Mulder finds proof that relights his belief in the quest for the truth once again (including seeing an actual alien!) but as always things don’t go quite to plan and Mulder’s evidence is lost and Mulder must return to his new assignment.
Season one left us in an interesting place. The X Files are closed and Mulder and Scully are no longer partners. Little Green Men is almost like a second pilot. We’re reintroduced to Mulder and Scully as well as Skinner and the Cigarette Smoking Man. The world of The X Files is fleshed out slightly and with the introduction of Senator Matheson we start to see just how Mulder has been getting away with this shit for so long.
This is very much a Mulder-centric episode. Morgan and Wong are back on writing duties and they tend to be better writing for Scully but they do a good job reintroducing us to Mulder and his quest. We finally get to see what happened to Mulder’s sister Samantha or at least what he remembers of it and it reasserts exactly what drives Mulder to fight so hard to find the truth.
Little Green Men gives us a hint of the bigger picture. Or at least it feels like it does. At this point the mythology hasn’t really begun but it’s coming very soon. This is a strong episode but it’s more of a scene setter. There is much better to come but we start the season from a good place. The truth is out there and thankfully Mulder and Scully are still searching for it.