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"Ex Deus Machina" is the seventh episode of the ninth season of Stargate SG-1.


A Jaffa is somehow found dead on Earth. Stargate Command soon find that Gerak has sent Jaffa to Earth to claim his prize; Ba'al is hiding on Earth and threatens to detonate a Naquadah bomb if they don't leave him alone.

Previously on Stargate SG-1[]

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 influence and 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 businesses 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 decides 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 does not even bother hiding. 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 gives the order to fire the missile carrying the symbiote poison, which hits the compound, killing all Goa'uld in the area - including Gerak's Jaffa contingent.

Battle in Seattle 1

Prometheus beams the building into space

Asgard transporter Baal building

Seattle building being transported into orbit.

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. It turns out that the skyscraper, built just one month ago, was constructed with Naqahdah laced throughout its internal structure; the bomb isn't in the building: the bomb is the building.

With only a few minutes left, Mitchell contacts Colonel Lionel Pendergast on the Prometheus, which transports the entire building into space. It harmlessly explodes. Ba'al, however, has disappeared.

When Teal'c goes to Dakara to confront Gerak, he finds that Gerak has captured Ba'al. Ba'al is executed right before Teal'c's eyes 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 Gerak killed is one of many new Ba'al clones that are now on Earth, free to do as they please.


Appearances for Ex Deus Machina





Sentient Species



Notable quotes[]

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.

Mitchell: Witnesses?
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. Tattooed. 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?
Carter: Seattle.
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.


Main Characters

Guest Stars


  • 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).
  • In the final scene, one of the Ba'al clones is wearing a shirt with his symbol on it, looking much like an Under Armour shirt.
  • 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.


  • When Jackson is briefing Landry on the shootout at Farrow-Marshall Headquarters, Jackson says "staff weapons versus semiautomatics," however the weapons used by Farrow-Marshall security were actually automatic submachine guns, noted by their high rate-of-fire not achievable by semiautomatic weapons operation.
  • When Jackson and Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell are discussing the aftermath of the Jaffa raid on Ba'al's company, Jackson refers to it being staff weapons vs semi-automatics. Most, if not all of the weapons used against the Jaffa were fully automatic.

Other languages[]

  • 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)
  • Hungarian: Ex-Deus Machina (dubbed in English)
  • German: Ex-Deus Machina (dubbed in English)

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