I thought the second season of Stargate: SG-1 was a big improvement on the first, as they fleshed out the show’s universe, and addressed some of the issues I ranted about in my previous post. With the team coming face-to-face with new allies like the Asgard, and new enemies like the Reetou Rebels, there was a marked increase in the number of properly “alien”-looking aliens on-screen. Meanwhile, the show took a page from The X-Files playbook, and introduced a shadowy conspiracy element, to suggest that America’s apple-pie might have a few icky worms squirming around in it, after all. They even went to the trouble of casting a couple of recurring X-Files actors in pivotal guest roles… first Chris Owens (aka ‘Special Agent Spender’) as a snooping journalist who’s conveniently killed by a hit-and-run driver, shortly after threatening to expose the Stargate program in print (ep. #2.9 “Secrets”)… and then Jeff Gulka (aka ‘Gibson Praise’) as a young boy manufactured by a sympathetic Reetou, to act as a liaison with the hu-mans (ep. #2.20 “Show and Tell”).
Another point in season two’s favour was the increased screentime given to a Pakistani-Canadian actress named Laara Sadiq. She made her debut in ep #1.20 (“There But for the Grace of God”), working as a SGC Technician in the alternate timeline that Daniel visits by accident… but then she was promoted sideways into the prime-timeline, for ten episodes of this season. Sadly, according to the Wiki, she only appears in three more episodes after this, so that’s a bit of a bummer… I’m also a little disappointed that when they finally got around to giving her character a name, they went with the relatively humdrum (and spellcheck-friendly) “Laura Davis”. Meh.
Oh, and ep #2.21 (“1969”) featured a cameo by Glynis Davies, who would go on to give a heart-breaking performance as Eli’s ailing mother in Universe… so that’s fun.