While I enjoyed the alien conspiracy aspect of the show, my preferred episodes were the stand-alone 'monster of the week' ones. The following is a list of my favorite episodes, most of which were from the early years in the series' run.
|5) Irresistible - One of the most unnerving episodes finds Scully singled out as the victim of one Donnie Pfaster, a death fetishist who may or may not be an evil demon under a mask of calm. Easily one of the best episodes of season 2.|
|6) Die Hand Die Verletzt - A Satanic worshipper hiding as a substitute teacher in a small town wreaks havoc. One of my favorite episodes. Creepier than hell and the episode in which a man is eaten by a snake. Cool.|
|7) Dod Kalm - A government experiment speeds up time aboard a Norweigian ghost ship and has Mulder and Scully pondering their existence and whether or not there is anything to look forward to....after.|
|8) Humbug - The mysterious death of a bizarre circus performer has Scully and Mulder coming to a small community of retired weirdos to seek out a co-joined twin as a possible murderer.|
|10) Jose Chung's From Outer Space- One of the few alien episodes that wasn't part of the core conspiracy, guest star Charles Nelson Reilly starred as novelist Jose Chung, a man who tries to uncover a mystery so he can write a book about it.|
|12) The Post-Modern Prometheus - A modern day Frankenstein creature appears to have gotten a middle-aged woman pregnant. The episode was in black and white and was an Emmy winner. It also featured a Cher concert. So go figure.|
|13) Triangle - When Mulder looks into the disappearance of a luxury liner in the Bermuda Triangle, he ends up traveling back in time to 1939, during the start of WWII. With a ship full of Nazis on his heels he tries to thwart an espionage scheme.|
|15) Darkness Falls - The episode in which the trees seem to have a mind of their own, Mulder and Scully look into strange events that seem to point to swarms of insects that need light to live. An eerie deep woods setting lends a lot of atmosphere.|
|16) Chinga - While vacationing in Maine, Scully investigates a town in which the people have tried to gouge out their own eyes. Her focus lands on a young girl and her creepy doll. Stephen King penned this episode.|
*Read more about The X-Files and these particular episodes here.