Little Green Men (2x01)
"The Truth Is Out There"
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 Center, Florida. They were called Voyager. Each one carries a message.
KURT WALDHEIM ON MESSAGE: I send greetings on behalf of the people of our planet. We step out of our solar system into the universe, seeking only peace...
MULDER: 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 civilization.
BOY ON MESSAGE: Hello from the children of planet Earth.
MULDER: Thirteen years after its launch, Voyager One passed the orbital plane of Neptune and essentially leaving our 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.
MULDER: A decade long search by radio telescope, scanning ten million frequencies for any transmission by extraterrestrial intelligence. Less than one year later, first-term Nevada Senator Richard Bryan successfully championed an amendment which terminated the project. I wanted to believe but the tools have been taken away.
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: It's dangerous for us just to have a little chat, Scully. We must assume we're being watched.
SCULLY: Mulder, I haven't seen any indication...
MULDER: No, no, of course not. These people are the best.
SCULLY: I've taken all of the necessary precautions. I have doubled back over my tracks to make sure that I haven't been followed and no one has ever followed me. The X-Files have been terminated, Mulder. We have been reassigned. I mean, what makes you think they care about us anymore anyway?
MULDER: Have you ever been to San Diego?
MULDER: Did you check out the Palomar observatory?
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: Your sister's abduction, you've held onto that.
MULDER: I'm beginning to wonder if... if that ever even happened.
SCULLY: Mulder, even if George Hale only saw elves in his mind, the telescope still got built. Don't give up.
RICHARD MATHESON: Do you know this, Fox?
MULDER: It's Bach. "Brandenburg Concerto Number Three."
RICHARD MATHESON: Two.
MULDER: Good thing it wasn't a Double Jeopardy question.
RICHARD MATHESON: Do you know the significance of this piece?
MULDER: Well, uh... recalling music appreciation with Professor Ganz, Bach had a genius for polyphonic...
RICHARD MATHESON: This is the first selection of music on the Voyager spacecraft. The first. 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, traveling four and a half billion years. That is, if it's not intercepted first. Imagine, Fox. If another civilization out there were to hear this, they would think "what a wonderful place the earth must be." I would want this to be the first contact with another lifeform.
RICHARD MATHESON: I take it you're familiar with the high-resolution microwave survey?
MULDER: The search for extraterrestrial radio signals. They shut it down.
RICHARD 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?
RICHARD MATHESON: Contact.
WOMAN: Mulder... you hounded me to have lunch with you today and then you don't show. You're a pig.
MORRIS: May I ask what you're doing here, Agent Scully?
SCULLY: Are you following me?
MORRIS: Agent Mulder's residence is under surveillance. Please explain why you're here.
SCULLY: I was told by the Assistant Director that Mulder was gone.
SCULLY: So, whenever he's away, I feed his fish.
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.
MULDER: The day is... the time is 10:30. Although not a qualified pathologist, I will record my observations of the body in case at some future time, decomposition should obscure forensic evidence. The subject, perhaps victim... is hispanic male, undetermined age. There are no overt external injuries apparent. There are no indications of any lightning strikes. No singeing of the air or burns of any kind. There are no... there are no puncture wounds due to needles or probes commonly associated with cases of alien abduction. The subject was discovered in sitting position. Riger mortis having set in, a little less than half an hour had elapsed. The skin is strikingly affected by goose flesh. The body shows signs of intense cadaveric spasm. The expression reflects... My God, Scully. It's as if he's been frightened to death.
MULDER: I was sent here by one of those people. 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.
MULDER: It should be right here. The entire tape is blank.
SCULLY: You know, an electrical surge in the outlet 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.