|Ex Deus Machina|
|Original air date|
Cliff Simon as Ba'al
|SG-1 Season 9|
|Season 8||Season 10|
SG-1 investigate when a Jaffa is found dead on Earth and they soon discover that Gerak has sent Jaffa in the hope of capturing Ba'al for himself. Things then get intense when Ba'al contacts Stargate Command, stating that he has a Naquadah bomb which he will set off if they don't leave him alone.
Previously on Stargate SG-1Edit
Gerak gains influence on the Jaffa High Council and becomes the de facto leader of the Free Jaffa Nation. Several members of The Trust are forced to flee the solar system and are captured and infiltrated by the Goa'uld with Carter later coming to the conclusion that the Goa'uld have taken over the entire Trust leadership.
With Vala Mal Doran missing in action after the incident at Kallana, Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell unites Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c under his command at last — and not a moment too soon. A Jaffa warrior belonging to the warlord Gerak turns up dead by the side of a rural Virginia road, and the team has to figure out why.
Mitchell and Teal'c interrogate Gerak at the Free Jaffa Nation capital on Dakara, but he evades their questions. Daniel and Carter, meanwhile, head to Virginia, where they slowly uncover an intricate conspiracy involving several corporations, especially defense contractor Farrow-Marshall Aeronautics. Most of the men involved have also been linked to The Trust, a secretive international organization that was recently infiltrated by the Goa'uld. SG-1 hoped they'd solved that particular problem, but Daniel and Carter now suspect that more Goa'uld might still be operating within Earth's highest circles of power.
Back on Dakara, Ka'lel, another Jaffa leader, privately confides in Teal'c and Mitchell. Her shocking news confirms Daniel and Carter's theory: Ba'al, one of the most despotic of the Goa'uld System Lords, is living incognito in the United States of America. Gerak has been sending Jaffa to Earth, hoping to capture Ba'al and thereby solidify his own grip on the hearts and minds of the Jaffa High Council.
After Gerak's Jaffa conduct an unsuccessful raid on Farrow-Marshall's headquarters, Ba'al himself steps openly into the game. He sends a videotaped message to Stargate Command, announcing that he wishes only to conduct his business on Earth in peace. Left alone, he promises to cause no trouble. But if anyone — human or Jaffa — tries to capture him again, he'll detonate a Naquadah bomb somewhere in the United States.
Letting a former system lord treat Earth as his personal playground is, of course, not an option. Mitchell and Teal'c struggle to restrain Gerak's Jaffa from making further attacks while Carter and Daniel track down Ba'al with the help of Agent Malcolm Barrett and the NID. They hope to kill him quickly and quietly, denying him time to detonate the bomb. Their plans are foiled, however, when Ba'al goes public at a TV news conference. Posing as a human businessman, he proudly announces his acquisition of Hammel Technologies, a major corporation.
SG-1 must now find a way to capture the newly famous Ba'al, outwit Gerak's Jaffa warriors, and defuse a bomb hidden in a major U.S. city — all without exposing the Stargate program. SG-1 decide to kill Ba'al using the same symbiote poison created by the Tok'ra and used by the Trust to wipe out several Goa'uld planets the year before. Teal'c and Mitchell, meanwhile, return to Dakara, where Teal'c accuses Gerak of lying to the High Council and vows that, if the people of the Tau'ri capture Ba'al, they will deliver him to the Jaffa.
Ba'al makes no attempt to hide himself. Having received information about the Air Force's imminent attack on his location, he sends another message to Stargate Command, saying that the Naqahdah bomb is located in a skyscraper in Seattle, and that he will detonate it within the hour. This, he adds, will only be the first of such demonstrations. Despite Teal'c's attempts to stop Gerak's interference, a small Jaffa contingent attacks the compound where Ba'al is located. Major General Henry Landry calls the attack, and the missile carrying the Tok'ra weapon hits the compound, killing all Goa'uld in the area, including the Jaffa contingent.
Carter is transported to Seattle by the Prometheus to meet with the team that is trying to find the bomb. They have evacuated a five block radius, but they cannot find the bomb, as Naqahdah readings appear to be coming from multiple locations throughout the building. The skyscraper, which was only built one month before, was constructed with Naqahdah laced throughout its internal structure which means that the bomb isn't in the building: the bomb is the building itself.
When Teal'c goes to Dakara to confront Gerak, he finds that Gerak has captured Ba'al. Ba'al is killed right in front of Teal'c, by Gerak with a staff weapon. Gerak has won, and the Jaffa High Council now favor him completely.
Carter, however, discovers that Ba'al had been experimenting with cloning technology; the Ba'al that Garek killed is one of many new Ba'al clones that are now on Earth, free to do as they please.
Aerospace engineering; Alaraph Pharmaceuticals; Archeva system; David Ballard; Battle in Seattle; Bethesda; William Blaylock; Central Intelligence Agency; Chinese food; Chulak; Cloning; Dakara; Department of Defense; Earth's Moon; Edison; Terrance Evans; Far East Mercantile; Farrow-Marshall Aeronautics; Cassandra Fraiser; Janet Fraiser; Free Jaffa Nation; Goa'uld; Hammel Technologies; Masato Hiro; Intersearcher; Jaffa; Jaffa High Council; Kerry Johnson; KISS; James Lowery; Naquadah; NID; NORAD; Michael Northrup; Osiris' Al'kesh; Procyon Media Enterprises; Prometheus; Richmond; Richmond Daily Tribune; Rod of Anguish; Seattle; The Pentagon; Pete Shanahan; Staff weapon; Stark Consortium; Symbiote poison; Tok'ra; Tony Tran; The Trust; Virginia; Yat'Yir's Ha'tak; Yu
Gerak: He still refuses to speak?
Yat'Yir: The prisoner is strong.
Gerak: Then we must be stronger yet.
Yat'Yir: It was through instruments like this that we were oppressed.
Gerak: Then how appropriate would it be then, for it to serve our cause.
Jackson: One. Some guy who was working overtime. He spent most of the firefight under his desk, but was able to provide a description of three individuals. Big. Tattoo'ed. Chain mail pants.
Mitchell: So it's either our Jaffa or KISS is back on tour.
Teal'c: Of equal concern are Gerak's Jaffa. We have no control over them. If they decide to move on Ba'al, Earth will face Ba'al's full reprisal.
Mitchell: And I'm guessing those Jaffa aren't exactly kicking it back at the local Denny's.
Jackson: Why? Where are you gonna be?
Barrett: How the hell are you going to get there?
(She beams out) Barrett: Prometheus.
Jackson: Beats flying coach.
Pendergast: Cam. What can I do for you?
Mitchell: I need a little help moving.
- According to Joseph Mallozzi's production notes, the episode's title is a hyperbaton of "deus ex machina" (literally "God out of a Machine", meaning "God appearing on a crane", a literary device for a kind of turn of events) after he jokingly suggested to his writing partners a plot about Ba'al working undercover as a mechanic on Earth. The title also makes a reference to Ba'al as an ex-deus (a former god).
- The reporter on Ba'al's TV is Kendall Cross as Julia Donovan, who previously appeared in Season Six's "Prometheus" and Season Eight's "Covenant".
- Gerak does the Richard Nixon "double peace sign" while addressing the Jaffa council.
- In the final scene, one of the Ba'al clones is wearing a shirt with his symbol on it.
- It has been approximately nine months since the Battle of Dakara, which took place in "Reckoning, Part 1" and "Reckoning, Part 2".
- Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter, when asked if she is single, replies "Not exactly," hinting that she may have started a relationship with Major General Jack O'Neill now that they are no longer in a direct chain of command.
- Sam refers to the events of "Threads" and "Beachhead".
- Teal'c says that Goa'uld have never cloaked a Ha'tak, and doesn't make any exceptions. However, in the episode "The Serpent's Venom" Apophis was able to cloak a whole fleet of Ha'taks.
- When Dr. Daniel Jackson is talking with Major General Henry Landry about the businessmen who make up The Trust, he says that Osiris' Al'kesh was destroyed six months prior, however later in the episode, Landry states that Ba'al has been hiding on Earth for "the better part of nine months". This is a discrepancy, as Ba'al was defeated and fled to Earth after Osiris's Al'kesh was destroyed by Prometheus in the season 8 episode "Full Alert".
- When Dr. Daniel Jackson and Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell are discussing the aftermath of the jaffa raid on Ba'al's company, Daniel refers to it being staff weapons vs semi-automatics. Most, if not all of the weaons used against the jaffa were fully automatic.
- In the video Ba'al releases to the SGC, he has obvious "panda eyes".
In other languagesEdit
- French: Terre d’Asile (The Land of Asylum)
- Italian: Le Molte Vite di Ba'al (The Several Lives of Ba'al)
- Spanish: El Dios Clonado (The Cloned God)
- Czech: Návrat vysloužilého boha (The Retired God Returns)
- German: Ex-Deus Machina (Ex Deus Machina)
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