Stargate SG-1

Season 9 Episode 7

Ex Deus Machina

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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).