Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Season two of Stargate SG-1 begins with a resolution of the cliffhanger which closed out season one, as SG-1 leader Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) is imprisoned on an enemy war vessel as the Earth braces for an attack from those parasitic predators, the Goa'uld. When the dust settles, it seems as though the good guys have scored a clear victory and that Goa'uld leader Apophis (Peter Williams) is dead. The remainder of the season chronicles the aftermath of the attack, and the efforts by the SG-1 team to rescue survivors and set things aright by journeying from one Stargate portal to another throughout the galaxy -- despite the usual roadblocks, setbacks, death traps, false allies, and a variety of "possessions" in which the main characters undergo startling personality changes. Season two's perils include a "virtual-reality" trap which forces the team to relive the worst moments of their lives over and over again; a lengthy imprisonment in the Naquadah mines, where O'Neill and his crew are enslaved for the purpose of replenishing the Goa'uld's energy supply; a return visit to the Norselike planet Cimmeria, which, of course, is also under siege by Goa'uld forces; and the heroic efforts by the team to counteract the effects of a lethal virus they have accidentally unleashed on the universe. Also: O'Neill accidentally absorbs the accumulated advanced knowledge of the Ancients who created Stargate -- and may suffer a literal mental meltdown as a consequence of "knowing too much." Jaffan crew member Teal'c (Christopher Judge) is laid low by the news that his wife Drey'ac (Brook Parker), believing Teal'c dead, has married his best friend -- and worse still, Teal'c's son Rya'c (Neil Denis) has been brainwashed by the villainous (and not as dead as assumed!) Apophis. In the same vein, Daniel Jackson's (Michael Shanks) alien wife Sha're (Vaitiare Bandera) announces she is pregnant with Apophis' child. And back on Earth, an unexpected journey back to the year 1969 finds the SG-1 team proving to be quite a "trip" for a pair of wide-eyed hippies. Other highlights include the two-part "The Tok'ra," in which a Goa'uld resistance movement proves to be a mixed blessing when they are obliged to take human "hosts" to survive, while at the same time SG-1er Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) agonizes over the imminent death of her cancer-ridden father Jacob (Carmen Argenziano). And in the season's traditional cliffhanger finale, O'Neill, Carter, and Jackson awaken from 79 years' suspended animation to be told that they're the last survivors of the Stargate team, and that their combined memory banks are sorely needed to continue the fight against the Goa'uld -- but appearances in this case are deceiving.