Now, most people read these reviews in order to understand whether they want to watch the series or not: me, for example. Although, by some cruel mishap I haven't done it this time, faithfully trusting myself in the hands of the trusted name. And so the "Melancholy" notion is fully realized here.
And so, to everyone that lays their eyes upon this review, just don't wait for anything meaningful to happen until the 9h episode! Really, they won't add anything! Re-watching the same thing eight times is only good for memorizing their lines, which isn't really something most of us would do. So, you
can freely skip episodes three to eight unless you're a fan of the "compare two identical pictures" game. If you do, you just might not be able to enjoy the rest of the season, which on the whole, isn't as lousy as it seems.
Apart from the "Endless Eight" arc, the show is pretty good, just what you would expect of Haruhi, except that, again, after seeing the whole EE thing, you get tired of all her whims that repeat even in the normal episodes. The OST is just another opening and ending and musical bits in between - active, bright, but nothing really special. The plot itself is good if you know where the cat is buried, so it still gets a six in that department.
I guess, it's a tradition to have something wrong with the series: in the first season it was the order, and in the second - the tedium.
I hope you have fun watching Haruhi 2, unlike some of us...