Where can I quickly check if a given X-Files episode is a MOTW or arc episode?
Re-watching X-Files, and I want to skip monster-of-the-week episodes if they don’t advance the story arc. I can't remember which site used to list this information, and Wikipedia isn’t super reliable in this aspect either. Any suggestions?
Edit: IMO, the absolute best and most complete list of mytharc episodes can be culled from InsideTheX.co.uk (they’re the ones whose titles are followed by asterisks).
I've made a list on my computer. You can pop over to my desk if you want to have a look. (I guess depending on where you live, that might not be quick enough.)
I think this list should give you all the episodes. They released a four volume collection a few years back of Mythology-only episodes, so this can be considered a definitive list.
There is also a reference book that has a listing of the mythology episodes. The DVD's and the book differ on a few episodes, I believe it is mainly episodes that are Monster of the Week but have a Mythology-arc character show up somewhere in the episode.
The Erlenmeyer Flask
Little Green Men
One Breath (DVD only)
The Blessing Way
Demons (book only)
Christmas Carol (book only)
Emily (book only)
The Red and the Black
The Sixth Extinction
The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati
Sein Und Zeit
Closure (DVD only)
Requiem (DVD only)
The Gift (book only)
This Is Not Happening
Nothing Important Happened Today
Nothing Important Happened Today II
Trust No 1
Providence (DVD only)
Jump the Shark (book only)
I tried to figure this out from Wikipedia a while back (for no apparent reason). My list matched this, except for some reason I also included: **Season 2**: The Host, Sleepless; **Season 4**: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man; **Season 5:** Unusual Suspects; **Season 6:** Dreamland I & II; **Season 8:** Empedocles.
I could see "Sleepless" (since I think there was some important early Alex Krycek stuff in there) and "Musings..." (some mythology bits seen in flashback). Can't think of anything super-important in the others you listed, though. I might add "Wetwired" from the 3rd season (we learn some details about Mr. X's role in the conspiracy).
I think you really have to include "Eve" from Season 1. They get into human cloning and Deep Throat is in it.
Leonard Betts from season 4 is also a possible inclusion. While it is a MOTW episode, it's also the one that reveals Scully's cancer.
this list is a little out of order - here is an ordered list on reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/XFiles/comments/33zhcr/the_essential_xfiles_episode_list/