I sincerely hope people won't blindly vote negatively on this next chapter of SAO III just because of its title and the fact its "SAO".
Everything that has happened in Part 1 of the story so far, has led up to an interesting point.
This recap was made in a way that even if you weren't really into part 1, you definitely got a good overview of the most important key scenes and see a summarized version leading up to the next chapter of the story.
I do sincerely hope they don't milk content as they did for a few episodes in Part 1, where they basically were
And no, I did not hate those, because even tho they were pointless, I still enjoyed them nonetheless.
Well, I am excited to see what end awaits Kirito and the others.
Not too much to say... basically recap of the previous season. It's only useful if you've watched the first part of Alicization when it first aired and need a refresher before the second season begins.
If you haven't watched the first part then this is no replacement, you need to watch the first part to know what's going on. If you've just finished watching the first part and it's still fresh then you don't need to bother with this, it's just a recap and is not intended to further the plot. Just skip it and move on to War of Underworld.
The Special was enjoyable, I don't see how it'll add to the main story line as its a special. Nonetheless I enjoyed it. The animation never ceases to amaze me as they upped the animation style for SAO for Ordinal Scale and Alicization. The voice acting was on par and you could feel the emotions with the words they spoke. Therefore I give this a overall 9/10 because I enjoyed all the Sword Art Online Seasons and Episodes / Movies thus far. I know I will continue to enjoy them as time goes on. The new season is upon us and I can't wait to
watch it as I hope some of you do.
I like SAO, I really do. But if every review on a recap episode that does not bring anything to the table is an 8 or a 9, there's some clear misinformation going on.
 Story - they cut 2 cours into a 24 minute episode, it's not going to substitute for watching the anime, it's not that entertaining imo as to rewatching the entire first 2 cours, and it doesn't add anything new.
 Art - no major improvements here, which I'm a bit upset about. I'd like to see some Ordinal Scale quality art for a recap airing on SAO's 10th anniversary year.
 Sound -
Alicization has good ost's. They're not going to make a new soundtrack just for a recap so same as Alicization.
 Character - Same old characters, nothing new, just scenes cut into a 24 min recap.
 Enjoyment - Not sure what you're expecting from a recap that's shorter than the first episode. You really can't get much excitement out of a recap that doesn't do something incredibly unique or creative.
This recap episode may be for you, if you enjoyed the first 2 cours of Alicization and don't rewatch anime. Perhaps if SAO isn't the only media you consume and you don't memorize the sequence of events and key story elements, this can be helpful in enhancing your War of Underworld Experience. But it is most definitely not a 9 or an 8. This will not substitute for watching the first 2 cours of Alicization.