The X-Files

 

SEASON 1

101 – Pilot

102 – Deep Throat

103 – Squeeze

104 – Conduit (Not a great episode but covers Mulders feelings about his sister’s abduction.)

105 – The Jersey Devil

106 – Shadows

107 – Ghost in the Machine

108 – Ice

109 – Space

110 – Fallen Angel

111 – Eve

112 – Fire

113 – Beyond The Sea

114 – Gender Bender (An early glimpse at how good this show can look.)

115 – Lazarus

116 – Young at Heart

117 – E.B.E.

118 – Miracle Man

119 – Shapes

120 – Darkness Falls

121 – Tooms

122 – Born Again

123 – Roland

124 – The Erlenmeyer Flask

 

SEASON 2

201 – Little Green Men

202 – The Host

203 – Blood

204 – Sleepless

205 – Duane Barry

206 – Ascension

207 – 3 (Much maligned but I like this one. Can’t really recommend it though.)

208 – One Breath (Go straight to 213)

209 – Firewalker

210 – Red Museum (Some semi-relevant stuff in this episode. Watch if you have the time.)

211 – Excelsis Dei

212 – Aubrey

213 – Irresistible (This will play best directly after 208. You can go back to 210 if you want.)

214 – Die Hand Die Verletzt

215 – Fresh Bones

216 – Colony

217 – End Game

218 – Fearful Symmetry

219 – Dod Kalm (Like Ice/Darkness Falls but on a ship. Skippable but I really like it.)

220 – Humbug

221 – The Calusari

222 – F. Emasculata

223 – Soft Light (Don’t think it works as an episode but it has it’s fans.)

224 – Our Town (Some people really like this as a lesser but fun episode. I don’t.)

225 – Anasazi

 

SEASON 3

301 – The Blessing Way

302 – Paper Clip

303 – D.P.O. (Solid MOTW. Great cold open, standard after that.)

304 – Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose

305 – The List

306 – 2Shy (Above average MOTW. Kind of gross. Standard stuff otherwise.)

307 – The Walk (Suffers from a bad guest star but has some striking sequences.)

308 – Oubliette (A non-supernatural monster. Usually overlooked but I found it very effective.)

309 – Nisei

310 – 731

311 – Revelations

312 – War of the Coprophages

313 – Syzygy (Notable because Mulder and Scully snipe at each other for the whole episode.)

314 – Grotesque (A straight horror episode. Some rate it highly. I wasn’t feeling it.)

315 – Piper Maru

316 – Apocrypha

317 – Pusher

318 – Teso dos Bichos

319 – Hell Money

320 – Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’

321 – Avatar (Skinner-centric. Wasn’t my jam but works for some people.)

322 – Quagmire

323 – Wetwired

324 – Talitha Cumi

 

Season 4

401 – Herrenvolk

402 – Home

403 – Teliko

404 – Unruhe (Really good episode. But skippable if you don’t have time.)

405 – The Field Where I Died (Strange episode. Can’t recommend but it has big ideas.)

406 – Sanguinarium

407 – Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man

408 – Tunguska

409 – Terma

410 – Paper Hearts

411 – El Mundo Gira

412 – Leonard Betts

413 – Never Again

414 – Memento Mori

415 – Kaddish

416 – Unrequited

417 – Tempus Fugit

418 – Max

419 – Synchrony

420 – Small Potatoes

421 – Zero Sum

422 – Elegy

423 – Demons (8.2 on imdb. Not crazy about it but it plays a part in the greater story.)

424 – Gethsemane

 

SEASON 5

501 – Redux

502 – Redux II

503 – Unusual Suspects (Fun episode. 8.7 on imdb but I have some issues with it.)

504 – Detour

505 – The Post-Modern Prometheus

506 – Christmas Carol (This is a Scully-centric episode. Good, not great. 507 is part 2.)

507 – Emily (These two focus on her family and spirituality.)

508 – Kitsunegari (Sequel to 317. Enjoyable. Not as good as the original.)

309 – Schizogeny

510 – Chinga (I recommend this ’cause I really enjoyed half of it. The other half, eh.)

511 – Kill Switch

512 – Bad Blood

513 – Patient X

514 – The Red and the Black

515 – Travelers (Interesting only because it shows the origins of the X files in the ’50s.)

516 – Mind’s Eye (People like this but I thought it was very standard stuff. Nice twist though.)

517 – All Souls (Sorta sequel to 506/507. If they didn’t interest you, this won’t either.)

518 – The Pine Bluff Variant

519 – Folie a Deux

520 – The End

 

The X-Files Movie (1998) (Not bad but also not great. If you’re really enjoying the series, check it out. 601 pretty much covers the essentials, though you might feel you’ve missed something if you skip the movie.)

 

SEASON 6

601 – The Beginning

602 – Drive

603 – Triangle

604 – Dreamland (9.1 on imdb. I have issues with these two eps but check them out.)

605 – Dreamland II (9.0 on imdb. There are references in later episodes to these two as well.)

606 – How the Ghosts Stole Christmas

607 – Terms of Endearment (Bruce Campbell guest stars. Not bad but definitely not great.)

608 – The Rain King

609 – S.R. 819

610 – Tithonus

611 – Two Fathers

612 – One Son

613 – Agua Mala

614 – Monday

615 – Arcadia

616 – Alpha

617 – Trevor

618 – Milagro (Some people really like this. I didn’t. John Hawkes guest stars.)

619 – The Unnatural (Duchovny’s first written & directed episode. Sentimental but enjoyable.)

620 – Three of a Kind (Sequel to 503. Watch this f you enjoyed that.)

621 – Field Trip

622 – Biogenesis

 

SEASON 7

701 – The Sixth Extinction (This and the next are necessary but ponderous.)

702 – The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati

703 – Hungry (Mulder as Columbo essentially. It’s alright.)

704 – Millennium

705 – Rush

706 – The Goldberg Variation (Slight but fun. Doesn’t feel like The X-Files.)

707 – Orison (Sequel to 213)

708 – The Amazing Maleeni (Much like 706. Slight but fun.)

709 – Signs & Wonders

710 – Sein und Zeit

711 – Closure

712 – X-Cops

713 – First Person Shooter (A sword wielding Mulder in a VR wild west. Memorable.)

714 – Theef

715 – En Ami

716 – Chimera

717 – All Things (Gillian Anderson wrote and directed this one.)

718 – Brand X (Average MOTW that’s risen by an excellent guest star. Skippable otherwise.)

719 – Hollywood A.D. (Second Duchovny written/directed episode. Messy but it’s a joy.)

720 – Fight Club

721 – Je Souhaite

722 – Requiem

 

SEASON 8

801 – Within

802 – Without

803 – Patience

804 – Roadrunners (8.4 on imdb. I didn’t feel that strong about it.)

805 – Invocation

806 – Redrum (Memento style episode. 8.6 on imdb. Played too straight to be that enjoyable.)

807 – Via Negativa (The first half is pretty standard but the second half shines.)

808 – Surekill

809 – Salvage (There’s a nice cold open to this episode. That’s it.)

810 – Badlaa (Legless, homeless, Indian butt crawler.)

811 – The Gift (A good, semi myth-related episode that’s skippable if you don’t feel up to it.)

812 – Medusa

813 – Per Manum

814 – This Is Not Happening

815 – Deadalive

816 – Three Words

817 – Empedocles

818 – Vienen

819 – Alone

820 – Essence

821 – Existence 

 

SEASON 9

901 – Nothing Important Happened Today

902 – Nothing Important Happened Today II

903 – Dæmonicus

904 – 4-D (Pretty good. I actually still remember it unlike most of this season.)

905 – Lord Of The Flies (Aaron Paul is in this episode.)

906 – Trust No 1

907 – John Doe (People like this. I wasn’t crazy about it but it’s worth checking out.)

908 – Hellbound

909 – Provenance

910 – Providence

911 – Audrey Pauley

912 – Underneath

913 – Improbable (Cheesy/goofy like Post-Modern Prometheus.)

914 – Scary Monsters

915 – Jump The Shark (Included because some events are important.)

916 – William

917 – Release (Focused on Doggett’s missing son if you give a shit.)

918 – Sunshine Days (A sort of spiritual or tonal sequel to 721. Enjoyable.)

919 – The Truth: Parts 1 & 2

 

The X-Files: I Want To Believe (2008) (I actually really like this even though it’s derided. Duchovny is clearly invested in the role in a way he wasn’t for the last couple of his seasons. If you watch it, just focus on Mulder and Scully’s relationship. It’s a MOTW episode otherwise and, while it’s fine, there’s not much happening there.)

 

 

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