I agree 100% with this post. I've been claiming season 2 as one of the series' best for about as long as this forum has been around.
I agree that it is, but I can understand why some fans simply prefer the more epic feel of the later seasons (which are, of course, awesome).
What I can't abide is lumping seasons 1 and 2 together as if they were roughly similar in terms of overall quality. This is simply nonsense, there is no comparison.