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Stargate SG-1

Season 9 Episode 7

Ex Deus Machina

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 26, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

A System Lord is found hiding on Earth, and he threatens to activate a naquadah bomb hidden somewhere in the United States if the SGC tries to go after him.

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  • A Great Episode that brought back an old enemy

    I thought this episode of Stargate SG1 was excellent for many reasons. The first of those reasons is that it brought back Baal who was one of my favorite Goul’d. I liked how they explained where he has been since Anubis's defeat and also managed to show that he is still a dangerous threat to earth. The fact that he has managed to take over what used to be "The Trust" and has many clones of himself tells us that he will be back for many more episodes. Another thing that this episode has shown us is that the Jaffa are not meant to be an ally to earth but are more an enemy. These two plots will allow the show to get away from the Ori storyline every once in a while and will allow for new angles the show can take.moreless
  • Though not one of my favorite storylines, it had some good stuff in it.

    As I made clear in the past: I don’t really like Jaffa storylines. Therefore this is not one of the episodes I love. But excluding that stuff, I did like that Ba’al is on earth and trying to form a Jaffa army as an evil businessman. He does look kinda good in a suit. The choice to team up Daniel and Sam, and Teal’c and Cameron, I liked to: The warriors and the scientist. Plus I’ve always liked the always ‘sibling’ like chemistry between the two.

    One thing I do like about this episode is that Colonel Samantha Carter is back, permanently this time. Though she’s still a little the new kid on the block after leaving, Amanda Tapping’s acting is as good as ever. I really liked her scene with Sonya Salomaa. Both women with considerable influence and as they are talking to each other you can really sense the rivalry.

    The story that there’s a bomb on earth and a mother ship in the moon’s orbit, I didn’t like so much, but the stakeout it led to was fun. Though I had expected it to come, I loved the scene between agent Barrett and Colonel Carter. Though I expected the answer to my eternal question (Will Jack and Sam get together?) already, I finally have confirmation.

    I thought it was a bit predictable that they sent the building up in space. Everything together: I liked the things that happened in the episode, but didn’t like the storyline so much.moreless
  • baal is back, but not dressed like a clown!

    although this was a relatively unexciting episode when compared with the recent exploits of sg1 attempting to foil the evil plots of the ori it was very interesting and opens up some interesting plots for the future.

    with a member of the system lords, baal, kicking back on earth as a public figure it allows for another new direction to be played out in the stargate universe. there have been issues with earths security in the past but now it's a whole other kettle of fish. what are baal's long term plans for earth? and how can sg1 foil them without compromising the sg program or causing any collateral damage to the general populous.

    i like to see the g'auld beign able to pose a threat to earth even though their powers have been greatly diminished.

    oh. and the teleporting of the building into space was a stupid idea. a much more logical choice presents itself. the local area is evacuated within 5 blocks and the core infrastructure of the building was laced with naquadria. so... teleport the core infrastructure and let the rest of the building fall to the ground, would leave convincing rubble and be a lot easier to explain than a missing building.moreless
  • Lots of...

    Well, it took a lot of Baals to make this episode, but I think they pulled it off well.

    Seriously though, this is an interesting twist in the SG universe, a goa'uld who is willing to 'share' power, even with himself? Which one is the 'real' Baal, if they consider that sort of thing, and if they don't, how do they keep their egos in check? A Council of Baal? They'd all think along the same lines, but once cloned, they'd be their own persons, and being goa'uld, might try to sieze power.

    I also find it interesting, now that the goa'uld are in less of a position to portray themselves as gods, they have stopped using the 'godly voice', to perhaps blend in, or make themselves seem more appealing to normal humans?

    All in all, an interesting and entertaining episode.moreless
  • Ba'al's back... Oh golly no...

    I could have done without having to see Ba'al again on the series. Perhaps my favorite TV show- but Ba'al is a boring overdramatic ham, I was verrry glad when he seemed to be out of the picture. His menacing statements are so over the top "ooooh im sooo evil.." that he loses any ability for me to take it seriously and I end up staring at the rest of the great and refined characters thinking how do they feel about pretending to take him seriously? And for 'Daniel' - "I gave up Shakespeare for this?", perhaps? The storyline was slow, standard, non-engaging and this was one of the worst episodes for me.moreless
Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Ken Dresen

Ken Dresen

Alex Jameson

Guest Star

David MacInnis

David MacInnis


Guest Star

Sonya Salomaa

Sonya Salomaa

Charlotte Mayfield

Guest Star

Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr.


Recurring Role

Peter Flemming

Peter Flemming

Agent Malcolm Barrett

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Carter is beamed off the surveillance van, her arm is resting on a machine at shoulder height. When she then beams down into the building, her arm is raised.

    • Teal'c says that Goa'uld have never cloaked a mothership, and doesn't make any exceptions. However, in the episode "The Serpent's Venom" Apophis was able to cloak a whole fleet of motherships.

    • Daniel said the two CEO's went missing about 6 months ago when they destroyed the Osiris ship. Then Teal'c is told by a member of the Jaffa that Baal has been on Earth since the battle of Dakara and General Landry says nine months but they destroyed the Osiris ship before the battle of Dakara so there is a discrepancy.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Ba'al: Over six hundred channels, and nothing to watch.

    • Landry: And the Council?
      Teal'c: I merely promised he would be delivered if captured. If (Ba'al) is killed, there is no difficulty.

    • Mitchell: And I'm guessing those Jaffa aren't exactly kicking it back at the local Denny's. Plus, isn't it a long stinky ride from Dakara in a cargo ship?
      Teal'c: (smiling) Indeed.

    • Mitchell: Of all the retirement destinations (Ba'al) could choose, he had to pick our planet?

    • Daniel: Where are you gonna be?
      Sam: Seattle.
      Barrett: How the hell are you gonna get there? (Sam is beamed out) Prometheus.
      Daniel: Beats flying coach.

    • Mitchell: So?
      Daniel: That office was a war zone: staff weapons versus semi-automatics.
      Mitchell: Who won?

    • Daniel: Now, all the individuals we managed to identify so far are major players in the areas of business and high finance - very powerful, very influential, and in the case of these two, very missing.

    • Daniel: He was discovered this morning at a remote road off Interstate 77 in Virginia. He was spotted by a passing motorist, the local authorities say he's been dead about a day or so. Probably the victim of a hit-and-run driver.
      Mitchell: So what do we figure, this guy got lost and he was hitching a ride back to Chulak?

    • Landry: Colonel, did you find the bomb?
      Sam: Sort of.
      Landry: What's that supposed to mean?
      Sam: Readings indicate that the entire superstructure of the building is laced with naquada. It was built that way. Ba'al's been planning this for a long time.
      Landry: I'm not sure I understand, Colonel.
      Sam: The bomb isn't in the building, sir. The bomb is the building.

    • Barrett: How's Pete?
      Sam: We broke up.
      Barrett: Really? Uh, I mean I'm sorry to hear that.
      Sam: Oh, it was the best thing for both of us.
      Barrett: So you're single again.
      Sam: Not exactly.

    • Barrett: How have you been?
      Sam: Pretty good, you?
      Barrett: Yeah, pretty good, can't complain. What's new?
      Sam: Uh, let's see...I was leading R & D for a while there.
      Barrett: Well, I never figured you the type to settle for a desk job.
      Sam: I needed something with more flexible hours. Janet's adopted daughter Cassie was going through a hard time.
      Barrett: Oh, I see.
      Carter: Spend some time on the Prometheus away on deep-space reconnaissance.
      Barrett: Uh, uh.
      Carter: Oh, helped stop a dangerous new enemy from getting a foothold in the galaxy.
      Barrett: Yes. I heard about that.

    • Mitchell: Witnesses?
      Daniel: One. Some guy who was working overtime and spent most of the firefight under his desk, but was able to provide the descriptions of three individuals; big, tattooed, chainmail pants.
      Mitchell: So it's either our Jaffa or Kiss is back on tour.

    • Teal'c: He is lying to us.
      Mitchell: No kidding.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: July 7, 2007 on Veronica

    • This episode first aired in Canada on Thursday, December 22nd, 2005.

    • On the audio commentary, Joseph Mallozzi reveals that the title for the episode actually spawned from a bad joke he made with Paul Mullie, about how it would be a great idea if Ba'al was undercover on Earth as a mechanic, that way they could call the episode "Deus Ex Mechanic". Paul remarked that it would then be called "Ex Deus Mechanic" (Ex Deus as in former God), and from there Joseph got the idea "Ex Deus Machina."

    • Syndication Premiere: November 4-5, 2006

    • The Jaffa woman who speaks for the council is named Kal'el. Kal-El is the Kryptonian name of Superman.


    • Mitchell: So it's either our Jaffa or Kiss is back on tour.
      Kiss is an American hard rock/heavy metal band that formed in New York City in 1973. The most identifiable non-musical aspect of the group is their use of face paint and elaborate costumes.

    • Episode Title
      The title is a corruption of the Greek theatrical term, Deus Ex Machina. Literally translated, it means "God out of the Machine" (a more liberal translation is "divine mechanism"). It is a reference to the device that the actor playing an Olympian God would descend upon to the stage in order to resolve all the problems the mortals had created. In modern theater, if refers to a plot device in which challenges are overcome by swift, convenient, and rather implausible means. In the context of this episode, the reordering of the words, though they make no difference in the original Latin, indicates a meaning of "Machine of the ex-god" (in this case, Baal).