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19th Feb '17 11:09:13 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' will often lead up to the climax of an arc, then have one episode of pure {{Filler}} before the dramatic stuff begins.



* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' will often lead up to the climax of an arc, then have one episode of pure {{Filler}} before the dramatic stuff begins.



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' alternated MythArc episodes and standalone ones. The mythology episodes became more prominent in season 2 but standalones outnumber them. They later did origins episode about the background of FBI's X-Files division or how Mulder met the Lone Gunmen.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' alternated MythArc ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters "Love & Monsters"]] is a LowerDeckEpisode focusing on a one-shot character [[UnreliableNarrator narrating]] his experiences involving the Doctor and aliens. The most notable thing about it is that it contains the first appearance of "Saxon", Series 3's [[ArcWords Arc Word]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]] is ''also'' a LowerDeckEpisode unconnected to the season's MythArc, but it ''is'' famous for introducing the [[LivingStatue Weeping Angels]].
** Series 9 does not have a definite arc, but [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E9SleepNoMore "Sleep No More"]] stands out as the only single-story episode in a season of multi-parts.
* ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' has a couple Christmas
episodes and standalone ones. The mythology episodes became more prominent outside the regular storyline.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Other than the PilotMovie, “Each of us Angels”
in the 8th season 2 but standalones outnumber them. They later did origins focused on a group of Navy nurses before and during the Battle of Iwo Jima, and is the only episode about where the background entire cast appears and where none of FBI's X-Files division or how Mulder met them play their usual characters.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' 's sixth season has
the Lone Gunmen.universally acclaimed "Ab Aeterno", which focuses solely on [[spoiler:Richard Alpert]]. Because 90% of the episode takes place [[spoiler:170 years before the present day]] and focuses little on the main characters, it has been praised as a good "gateway episode" to introduce someone to ''Lost''s format and mysteries without actually starting them from scratch and the closest thing ''Lost'' has to a TV movie (the episode is extended by six minutes).
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me". Four demons disguised as humans have a chat in a diner to share strategy. Frank Black briefly shows up in each demon's story, but the episode has no actual connection with the show's MythArc.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': "Psirens" was specifically written as a "reintroduction" episode for the series, through Lister's amnesia sequence.
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Window of Opportunity" could be viewed as this. The plot? O'Neill and Teal'c get stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop and HilarityEnsues.
* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Visitor" is often ranked as one of its best episodes, even though most of it takes place in an alternate future timeline, and the main character is a guest star (Tony Todd) playing the now-elderly Jake Sisko.



* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' 's sixth season has the universally acclaimed "Ab Aeterno," which focuses solely on [[spoiler:Richard Alpert]]. Because 90% of the episode takes place [[spoiler:170 years before the present day]] and focuses little on the main characters, it has been praised as a good "gateway episode" to introduce someone to ''Lost''s format and mysteries without actually starting them from scratch and the closest thing ''Lost'' has to a TV movie (the episode is extended by six minutes).
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': "Psirens" was specifically written as a "reintroduction" episode for the series, through Lister's amnesia sequence.
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me". Four demons disguised as humans have a chat in a diner to share strategy. Frank Black briefly shows up in each demon's story, but the episode has no actual connection with the show's MythArc.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episodes ''Love and Monsters'' and ''Blink'' have nothing to do with the overall story arc, and both focus on normal humans who encounter the Doctor.
** Series 9 does not have a definite arc, but ''Sleep No More'' stands out as the only single-story episode in a season of multi-parts.
* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Visitor" is often ranked as one of its best episodes, even though most of it takes place in an alternate future timeline, and the main character is a guest star (Tony Todd) playing the now-elderly Jake Sisko.
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode ''Window of Opportunity'' could be viewed as this.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Other than the PilotMovie, “Each of us Angels” in the 8th season focused on a group of Navy nurses before and during the Battle of Iwo Jima, and is the only episode where the entire cast appears and where none of them play their usual characters.
* ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' has a couple Christmas episodes outside the regular storyline.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' 's sixth season has the universally acclaimed "Ab Aeterno," which focuses solely on [[spoiler:Richard Alpert]]. Because 90% of the episode takes place [[spoiler:170 years before the present day]] and focuses little on the main characters, it has been praised as a good "gateway episode" to introduce someone to ''Lost''s format and mysteries without actually starting them from scratch and the closest thing ''Lost'' has to a TV movie (the episode is extended by six minutes).
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': "Psirens" was specifically written as a "reintroduction" episode for the series, through Lister's amnesia sequence.
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me". Four demons disguised as humans have a chat in a diner to share strategy. Frank Black briefly shows up in each demon's story, but the episode has no actual connection with the show's MythArc.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho''
''Series/TheXFiles'' alternated MythArc episodes ''Love and Monsters'' and ''Blink'' have nothing to do with the overall story arc, and both focus on normal humans who encounter the Doctor.
** Series 9 does not have a definite arc, but ''Sleep No More'' stands out as the only single-story episode in a season of multi-parts.
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standalone ones. The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Visitor" is often ranked as one of its best episodes, even though most of it takes place in an alternate future timeline, and the main character is a guest star (Tony Todd) playing the now-elderly Jake Sisko.
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode ''Window of Opportunity'' could be viewed as this.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Other than the PilotMovie, “Each of us Angels” in the 8th season focused on a group of Navy nurses before and during the Battle of Iwo Jima, and is the only episode where the entire cast appears and where none of them play their usual characters.
* ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' has a couple Christmas
mythology episodes outside became more prominent in season 2 but standalones outnumber them. They later did origins episode about the regular storyline.background of FBI's X-Files division or how Mulder met the Lone Gunmen.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Season 2's [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E13TheCall "The Call"]] is the only episode that has practically no connection to any ongoing arcs. The only thing from this episode to appear in later episodes is the Mining Guild, and their second appearance does not require having seen this one.


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24th Nov '16 4:16:24 PM RyanofTinellb
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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Other than the PilotMovie, “Each of us Angles” in the 8th season focused on a group of Navy nurses before and during the Battle of Iwo Jima, and is the only episode where the entire cast appears and where none of them play their usual characters.

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Other than the PilotMovie, “Each of us Angles” Angels” in the 8th season focused on a group of Navy nurses before and during the Battle of Iwo Jima, and is the only episode where the entire cast appears and where none of them play their usual characters.
28th Jul '16 6:39:39 PM DonnyKD
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** Series 9 does not have a definite arc, but ''Sleep No More'' stands out as the only single-story episode in a season of multi-parts.
17th Feb '16 6:38:24 AM Knight20
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30th Jan '16 8:00:45 PM maxwellsilver
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An episode that can stand alone on its own with a self-contained story that does not need prior viewing of any other episode to understand. It's usually an episode that breaks from the current {{arc}} to focus on a one-shot subplot or character; for example, if the arc is about stopping TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, a StandAloneEpisode can be about dealing with a SealedEvilInACan that's released at the beginning of the episode and resealed by the end of the episode, never to be mentioned again.

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An episode that can stand alone on its own with a self-contained story that does not need prior viewing of any other episode to understand. It's usually an episode that breaks from the current {{arc}} to focus on a one-shot subplot or character; for example, if the arc is about stopping TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, a StandAloneEpisode Stand Alone Episode can be about dealing with a SealedEvilInACan that's released at the beginning of the episode and resealed by the end of the episode, never to be mentioned again.



In arc-heavy series, a good StandAloneEpisode can be the hook a die-hard fan of the show can use to pull others in, due to its self-contained nature. Likewise, even fans of the arcs will often cite a Stand-Alone as their favorite episode; an arc episode is difficult to separate and appreciate outside of the arc which contains it, but a StandAloneEpisode can be fully appreciated of itself.

Sometimes, though, writers will want to revisit the plot of a StandAloneEpisode and create a later episode that expands on the earlier story; this is a SequelEpisode.

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In arc-heavy series, a good StandAloneEpisode Stand Alone Episode can be the hook a die-hard fan of the show can use to pull others in, due to its self-contained nature. Likewise, even fans of the arcs will often cite a Stand-Alone as their favorite episode; an arc episode is difficult to separate and appreciate outside of the arc which contains it, but a StandAloneEpisode Stand Alone Episode can be fully appreciated of itself.

Sometimes, though, writers will want to revisit the plot of a StandAloneEpisode Stand Alone Episode and create a later episode that expands on the earlier story; this is a SequelEpisode.
10th Dec '15 1:24:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me".

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* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me". Four demons disguised as humans have a chat in a diner to share strategy. Frank Black briefly shows up in each demon's story, but the episode has no actual connection with the show's MythArc.
8th Dec '15 6:36:18 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Every radio and television episode of Our Miss Brooks serves as a standalone episode. Even so, from the very first radio episode ("First Day"), Miss Brooks has a defined SeriesGoal. That is to say, marriage to Mr. Boynton. [[spoiler: Miss Brooks finally marries Mr. Boynton in TheMovie GrandFinale.]]
19th Oct '15 5:11:55 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Every radio and television episode of Our Miss Brooks serves as a standalone episode. Even so, from the very first radio episode ("First Day"), Miss Brooks has a defined SeriesGoal. That is to say, marriage to Mr. Boynton. [[spoiler: Miss Brooks finally marries Mr. Boynton in TheMovie GrandFinale.]]
15th Jun '15 12:30:17 PM matteste
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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}: Double Dealing Character'' is a bit of an in between episode coming right after the Religious War arc and followed by ''[=ULiL=]'' and ''[=LoLK=]'' which tie into the Lunar arc with ''[=DDC=]'' having no connection to either of them.
26th May '15 6:03:46 AM Willbyr
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* ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' actually labeled its stand-alone episodes (as opposed to arc-based "complex" episodes) as such on the title card. ''SAC: 2nd Gig'' did the same, but labeled its stand-alone episodes as "dividual" as opposed to the other two types ("individual"[[note]]Where "individual" refers to the plot-arc/ArcWords "Individual Eleven"[[/note]] and "dual").

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* ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' actually labeled its stand-alone episodes (as opposed to arc-based "complex" episodes) as such on the title card. ''SAC: 2nd Gig'' did the same, but labeled its stand-alone episodes as "dividual" as opposed to the other two types ("individual"[[note]]Where "individual" refers to the plot-arc/ArcWords "Individual Eleven"[[/note]] and "dual").



* Parts 4 and 5 of ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure]]'' are considered to be stand-alone, as they have little-to-nothing to do with the main story (Parts 1, 2, 3, and 6).

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* Parts 4 and 5 of ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure]]'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' are considered to be stand-alone, as they have little-to-nothing to do with the main story (Parts 1, 2, 3, and 6).
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