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This review is from: Stargate SG-1 - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Season two is where Stargate SG-1 really began to hit its stride. The strengths were all there in the first season, but the quality of the episodes was rather uneven; the show's second year is a much smoother ride. While season one had a number of classic episodes, season two is really packed full of them.
The season begins by resolving one cliffhanger and ends on another, so it makes most sense watch the box sets in order. If you don't, I doubt you'll be lost - the show is fairly episodic, especially this early on in its run - but it may spoil parts of season one for you. The box set includes a pair of first-season episodes to pad it out (no other extras, sadly) so if you haven't seen season one, "Thor's Hammer" and "Hathor" provide useful backstory for "Thor's Chariot" and the season finale respectively.
Like the first, this year lays a lot of groundwork for later seasons of the show. We learn more about the pasts of the members of SG-1, are introduced to some more of the galaxy's major races, and meet some characters who'll be popping up again years later. The episodes are a good mix of action, moral dilemmas, science fiction, and pure fun. A great year for the show.