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    OK, my own thoughts. Warning: I'm longwinded. Deal with it.

    Love it or hate it, this one was SG-1. As someone mentioned earlier, perhaps you can classify it as middle season SG-1, but it's still SG-1. Besides, any episode that makes all of fandom retreat to their respective corners sounds pretty classic to me.

    I'm surprised to see so many threads about how Ben Browder and Cam Mitchell are being, pardon the pun, shafted by TPTB. As an avid SG-1 fan from the very beginning (wow, that was a long time ago), I've rather enjoyed his measured, steady introduction to the story. And I've certainly enjoyed the fact that Carter, Daniel, and Teal'c are being treated as the leads they are. It seems that a lot of Browder fans were expecting him to join the cast and immediately dominate storylines and screetime a la John Crichton, but SG-1 has always been its own show and about its four original team members. Lots of other characters join in the fun, but that the show is still predominantly about Sam, Daniel, Teal'c, and even Jack to some extent, makes me one happy fan. In his first episode Mitchell told Daniel that he wanted to learn from the best, and that's exactly what it looks like he's been doing. Like it or not, he has no experience with gate travel, with off-world politics, and with serious interaction involving aliens. Add that to the massive expertise of the other SG-1 team members, and the fact that at any given time they become de facto team leader is hardly surprising or unexpected or improper. Mitchell should certainly defer to Sam when dealing with technology, to Teal'c when dealing with the Jaffa, and to Daniel when dealing with cultures/history/artifacts.

    Similarly, the fact that Mitchell is the team leader at all really seems to be a matter of casting/production politics rather than one of military protocol. His promotion to SG-1 is, perhaps, the biggest plot convience of the whole season. Certainly the return of Col. Carter, along with her massive experience with the stargate itself, her eight years of field duty, her history with the Goa'uld, etc., trumps any claim to command that Mitchell holds. And while I'm aware that often times the best person doesn't get picked for command, in this case the very nature of the Stargate Program kind of rules that out.

    Oh, right, Ex Deus Machina.

    Well, Teal'c emerges as the real standout in this one, continuing to fight for the well being of his people (both Jaffa and Tau'ri). His composure and patience in the face of defeat at the end of the episode illustrates how far he has come as a character. His reactions and his words are those that I'd expect from Bra'tac, and that Teal'c has reached that stage of maturity and experience is a satisfying journey to have watched.

    Carter resumes her place with appropriate aplomb. She carries a good portion of the story in this one, and the inclusion of some personal tidbits help to establish a comfortable base for the rest of the season. It also appears as though her return also allows the writers to finally progress the story further, after holding pretty much pat for the first five episodes.

    Daniel, despite a much deserved (and needed) break from the spotlight, manages to maintain a presence in the action. He looks quite at home cavorting about with Sam, and thankfully more relaxed without Vala around.

    And, then there's Mitchell, who like Daniel, manages to maintain a presence in the story without having very much to do at all. His idea might have saved the day, but it was a passive solution, and one that doesn't really allow for a great character moment or tremendous screentime as hero. See above for my sentiments on this.

    Landry continues in his role as Hammond Jr., not intruding into the narrative and not taking the spotlight away from SG-1. And Gerak manages to be an effective foil for Teal'c. Kudos to TPTB for not letting Lou Gossett's and Beau Bridges' famed status overrun the story and the show.

    Lastly, Ba'al still holds his place as the most engaging Goa'uld since Apophis. His perpetual promotion of his own well being and his own agenda serves him well. I'm not too sure how I feel about the clones, but I said that about Replicarter too, and was forced to eat quite a bit of crow after New Order. I think I'll reserve judgement for a while this time.

    I'll end with a few complaints. I like the Prometheus as much as the next guy, but the show could definitely use a break from it. The next few eps look to be going that route, so we'll see. And the bit with the building I can swallow. It's just a little rough going down is all. As for the real Ba'al, I'm hoping he wasn't on earth at all. There a number of explanations for the clones Goa'uldish nature, the easiest being that they weren't Ba'al, just other Goa'ulds who had taken his cloned host. Lastly, the patch scene was nice, but too understated for my liking. I'd have preferred more of a to-do over SG-1's reformation. And they still haven't resolved the command issue, one way or the other, enough for my tastes.

    Still, I enjoyed it. Bring on Babylon.

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    I think this is one of the best so far in S9! I liked it a whole lot! I've been dissapointed lately with the eps but this one was really good. It felt like good old SG1. Good stuff!

    It was nice to see that reporter lady back! Yup yup! We need more episodes like this.
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    For whatever reason, I didn't have a high expectation of this episode (since most of the Earth based episodes in the past are a bit weak). I would have to say that this episode easily exceeded my expecation and beyond.

    It's a rather interesting twist to have Ba'al hiding out on Earth and the further set up Gerek's dominance over the Jaffas. I also enjoyed the return of agent Barrett, that reporter from Prometheus and Covenant, and of course the team getting back together.

    Now some nitpicking: I find it a bit odd that Sam didn't come up with the idea to beam out the building. I think all of us have such a high expectation of Sam that it is a bit disappointing when she is not the one who solved the problem (the only exception, in my opinion, is when they let Jonas solved the problem in Redemption). I guess they just want to give Mitchell another chance to shine. Another thing is the use of the poision to kill goa'uld. Are we supposed to assume that all of the Jaffas are now on tritonin and don't need a "junior" to survive? Did any Jaffa die from the poison?

    Anyway, it was a good episode once again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn Mallory
    For whatever reason, I didn't have a high expectation of this episode (since most of the Earth based episodes in the past are a bit weak). I would have to say that this episode easily exceeded my expecation and beyond.

    It's a rather interesting twist to have Ba'al hiding out on Earth and the further set up Gerek's dominance over the Jaffas. I also enjoyed the return of agent Barrett, that reporter from Prometheus and Covenant, and of course the team getting back together.

    Now some nitpicking: I find it a bit odd that Sam didn't come up with the idea to beam out the building. I think all of us have such a high expectation of Sam that it is a bit disappointing when she is not the one who solved the problem (the only exception, in my opinion, is when they let Jonas solved the problem in Redemption). I guess they just want to give Mitchell another chance to shine. Another thing is the use of the poision to kill goa'uld. Are we supposed to assume that all of the Jaffas are now on tritonin and don't need a "junior" to survive? Did any Jaffa die from the poison?
    Anyway, it was a good episode once again.

    Yes all the jaffa that were attacking Baals compound died. That is why Landry and Mitchell had the look of angst on their faces when they heard the Jaffa were attacking and Teal'c said something like "we must not hesitate". In other words go ahead and kill them, we told them not to be there anyway.

    I’m a bit surprised we (earth) didn’t have a stronger reaction to an alien ship being in our system without our consent. Perhaps we should have mentioned that we hold sovereignty over the Solar system and ANY intrusion into that system without our consent is an act of hostility....I’m pretty sure the jaffa wouldn’t like it if we parked Deadeleus over Dakara..... Well I guess we didn't say that because we cant really back it up yet, but that is the message we should get out. We are friendly as long as you don’t do anything unfriendly and a heavily armed mothership anywhere near our planet is unfriendly. IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by starfox
    And the Baal clones at the end? That scene demands fanfic. It really, really does.
    Absolutely.


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    This was my least favorite so far of season 9--not terrible, just kind of bland for me.

    The cast did a fine job, but I really don't enjoy the Trust/Conspiracy storylines that much.

    Still, there were a few standout moments...

    Teal'c had something to do--nice bit of acting by CJ.

    The band officially getting back together--with patches--was nice...long time coming.

    I like the little Daniel and Sam friendship moments that have been thrown in over the last two episodes--I hope we see more.

    Jace

    PS: I really miss Vala. (sigh)

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    Okay. I loved this episode.

    First of all, as a Sam fan, it was so great to see Sam way back in action! I mean, sure, she was in Beachhead...but for that she was only there on a TDA. Now, FINALLY, we have SG-1!!! WOOOOOOOOT.

    I just LOVE Ba'al. So to see so many...well, it made my day.

    The scene of the team reuniting was delightfully understated...Sam's conceding grin and Teal'c's typically head bob slash muted response combo said it all. And the smile between Sam and Daniel...it was just right. It was time for the team to be one again.

    That being said, I hope Cassie has made it out of the tough spot she was in. I hope we learn more about what she was going through...it must have been pretty heavy for Sam to rearrange her life and take a desk job.

    I was delighted that Teal'c is no longer a wall flower. His speech before the Jaffa leadership was strong and compelling. And his sadness at the end when he realized that their hearts belonged to Garak for the time being was palpable.

    I like that Cam had something to offer. I think he's a good addition to the team but I still do not feel that he has so far shown me as a viewer what qualifies him to lead the team. He's got potential...I just am not seeing any real reason he should command the team. I like the fact that he's quick on his feet...his idea to beam the building away was cool. I'm glad Sam didn't come up with it or those who don't appreciate her would accuse her of being Super!Sam again. Like that's a bad thing...

    Daniel. *sigh* Here's a memo to Michael Shanks. PLEASE SLOW DOWN!!! You don't have to talk so dang fast! I feel bad for those who don't have English down 100%...trying to listen to him race through the dialogue is tough even for me and English is my native language...I have to rewind and relisten to his dialogue to get the gist.

    Then of course there's the shippy beat. Very subtle so as not to rattle the cages of those who rabidly oppose any kind of ship between Sam and Jack but enough to delight the shippers. What's freaky is that several months ago, I predicted how the scene would play out and posted it on the Sam/Jack shipper thread. The search feature is currently down but as soon as it's back up I'm going to see how close I was to the actual script.

    You know, with Beachhead I felt like my show was starting to come back (actually I got the initial feelings of hope with The Powers that Be)...but Ex Deus Machina sealed the deal.

    All in all...a thoroughly enjoyable episode. Everyone had a role to play...everyone was valuable. As for the rest of Season 9, BRING IT ON!

    I give this ep four out of five zats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jace021903
    PS: I really miss Vala. (sigh)
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    This was a funny/strange episode.. Clones, beaming up skyscrapers, Baa'l in a suit.. But I think this gives some idea of what's to come. And it's always fun to see american-finnish people in stargate (Sonya Salomaa who played Charlotte)

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    ???????????????????????????????????????????

    How do you pronounce 'ex deus machina?'
    What does it mean?
    How is it related to the topic of the story?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrarin
    ???????????????????????????????????????????

    How do you pronounce 'ex deus machina?'
    What does it mean?
    How is it related to the topic of the story?

    Thanks.
    It would be pronounced "x day-ous ma-ki-na" (course this is how I pronounce it.

    As for what it would mean, that I'm not to sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taonas
    It would be pronounced "x day-ous ma-ki-na" (course this is how I pronounce it.

    As for what it would mean, that I'm not to sure.
    It's a play on the phrase EX DEUS MACHINA...which literally translates from Latin to "god from the machine."

    It comes from Greek and Roman theater where a device would lower a god or gods to the stage to fix a hopeless scenario in the play. These days, the definition's been expanded to essentially refer to any resolution where an author challenges suspension of belief so he or she can reach an achieved objective with a story whether it makes sense based on the logic of that story or not. In other words, a Deus ex Machina is a quick fix in a story.

    As for pronunciation...I believe in the commentaries Martin Wood has always pronounced it as "DEH-us ex MAH-kin-ah" so I'll go with that.

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    Well deus ex machine appears to mean
    1. In Greek and Roman drama, a god lowered by stage machinery to resolve a plot or extricate the protagonist from a difficult situation.
    2. An unexpected, artificial, or improbable character, device, or event introduced suddenly in a work of fiction or drama to resolve a situation or untangle a plot.
    3. A person or event that provides a sudden and unexpected solution to a difficulty.
    OR
    n : any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve and insoluble difficulty
    I am not sure what the significance of having the first and second words transposed. It could make it mean something completely different.
    It appears that in Latin
    Dues = god
    Ex = from
    m china = machine
    So “from god machine”? Maybe they are referring to whatever device Baal used to create the clones. Or maybe they are referring to the sudden and unexpected solution. Or maybe the use of the asgard beam to beam the building into space.
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    After the recent Ori-centric episodes, a return to concerns like The Trust and the Goa’uld is actually a little bit of a slowdown. At least, that’s how I felt about it. The writers had already tossed about a dozen plot elements into the season arc, and now that we’re a third of the way in, it seems overkill to slip in this new aspect of Ba’al and his growing control over the human economy.

    I’m also not sure that I like the idea of Ba’al clones, even if it means that things get to be more complex. Even if it has some tenuous connection to previous NID-related episodes, it strikes me as a little too convenient. Not only that, but I was left wondering if the writers were trying to suggest that the real Ba’al wasn’t in the same body anymore, but rather, in the fit young woman that was pretending to be his “First Prime”. What better hiding place than in plain sight?

    Anyway, for me, the real interest was the chess game between Teal’c and Garek. Previous episodes warned that Garek was an isolationist with a great deal of popular support, and this episode confirms it without a doubt. Garek knows politics and how to use information (or the lack thereof) against his rivals. Time and again, Teal’c was put on the defensive, and no matter how powerful his words might be, the message was lost in the process.

    As annoying as the “Goa’uld on Earth” plot thread promises to be, there are some interesting aspects to it. All this action on Earth continues to erode the secrecy of the SGC, which was already on the skids over the past few years. The previous episode also raised an interesting issue: what happens if Ba’al decides that an alliance of convenience with the Ori can solidify his power on Earth?

    One thing is for certain: the alliance between the Tau’ri, the Tok’ra, and the Jaffa has all but fallen apart, and Garek is more than happy to let it happen. His use of the old methods employed by the Goa’uld suggests that he could turn those weapons against his own people in the near future. What would Garek do to preserve his own power? At what point does this isolationist stance become the basis for a dictatorship?

    This is more properly the return of Lt. Col. Carter, since the previous episode had few meaningful moments for the character. This introduces a few questions that have probably been on the table for a while, but couldn’t be addressed until she was back on-screen. For instance, she notes that she’s not exactly “single”; is this some kind of reference to the end of the eighth season? I’ve always taken it that Jack and Sam accepted that they can’t be together, yet can’t be with anyone else because of their feelings for each other. Is that how the comment was meant to be read?

    And then there’s the question of command. If the writers play this honestly, Carter should have issues with Mitchell running the show, sooner or later. Unless, of course, they continue to make the team feel more like a temporary convenience than the institution that once was. Carter may simply see this as a temporary situation, so it doesn’t matter who runs the team. But what happens if Mitchell makes a call that Carter doesn’t agree with?

    Even if this wasn’t my favorite plot thread (I’m actually rather tired of the NID/Trust/Goa’uld episodes), I continue to give credit where credit is due. The entire cast seems revitalized, the writing is the strongest it’s been since the series went to SFC, and the series is back to being a “must watch”. It’s like the writers and producers felt like they had something to prove, and so far, they’ve hit a very nice stride.

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    I enjoyed this one also. Not to repeat everyone that said why, I notice a couple of somethings.

    1. Cam just happen to have three SG-1 patches in his pockets at that time. I believe that he has had them in there all this time.

    2. Gerak is starting to act like a Goa'uld, IMO, in hiding as Immotep did in I forgot the name of the episode it was. Decieving everyone as he did. Even Teal'c old friends and acquenices in the Free Jaffa Nation, are starting to believe Gerak. This is going to split the FJN apart, IMO.

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    I believe that the title is a play on Ba'al's status.

    "Deus ex machina" is the dramatic device mentioned in the thread, where something gets pulled in out of nowhere to solve the problem. It means god in or from the machine.

    On the other hand, Ba'al is now a former god. An "ex-deus," as in "ex-wife" or "ex-parrot." So his plans and machinations might even be considered an "ex deus machina." (Heck, the cloning device is an actual ex-god machine, when you think about it.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by entil2001
    . For instance, she notes that she’s not exactly “single”; is this some kind of reference to the end of the eighth season? I’ve always taken it that Jack and Sam accepted that they can’t be together, yet can’t be with anyone else because of their feelings for each other. Is that how the comment was meant to be read?
    That's the way I took it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entil2001
    This is more properly the return of Lt. Col. Carter, since the previous episode had few meaningful moments for the character. This introduces a few questions that have probably been on the table for a while, but couldn’t be addressed until she was back on-screen. For instance, she notes that she’s not exactly “single”; is this some kind of reference to the end of the eighth season? I’ve always taken it that Jack and Sam accepted that they can’t be together, yet can’t be with anyone else because of their feelings for each other. Is that how the comment was meant to be read?
    I took it, as many shippers took it, as meaning that she and Jack are together. The "not exactly" was because while they are together, and while there's nothing wrong with it now that Jack is not her immediate superior, they're keeping it quiet for now, because to some it could look like they had been together all along, and while nothing official could be done about it, it would definitely not look good to some people.

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    This was actually a good episode. I liked it a lot! Here are some things that stuck out to me:

    Ba'al:
    He's officially the hottest villain that SG-1 has ever and - I dare say - will ever encounter. And when he uses his human voice? Aaahhhh.... Good stuff. Also, on a less shallow note, Ba'al is kind of that last vestige of Old School SG-1 that we have left, besides the Jaffa - you know, with the Goa'uld problems and the taking over our planet stuff? I like the Ori plots, because it's time for a change, but I think we can all leave the light on in our hearts for the likes of Ba'al. And CLONES of Ba'al? Fantastic. It was a bit crafty of them to pull this cloning technology out of their... heads, but it's still cool. Ba'al and Vala are now on my list of characters I hope to see again before season's end. Stick them BOTH in the same episode with the others, and just let it fly.

    Gerak:
    Besides being obnoxious and ignorant, Gerak is definitely gonna get what's coming to him. And he'll deserve every little bit. While Louis Gossett Jr.'s delivery of certain lines can be rather grating on my nerves, I kinda like how he (and the writers) have interpreted Gerak: As an extremist with isolationist tendencies, who will inevitably push the envelope too far with his men. I think the Jaffa will only follow him so far. His obsolete leadership and bouts of brutality will ultimately be his downfall, leaving a nice empty spot for someone who's worthy of the position.

    Teal'c:
    Now we all know that he's worthy of said position, but I think that Teal'c's place is with the Tau'ri - and, more importantly, with SG-1. His loyalty in the past was always kinda great for that typical Jaffa fodder. I think a lot of people interpreted it as solely being devoted to Jack. But now we're seeing Teal'c make GREAT on his word here. He will NOT back down in supporting Earth and SG-1. Though we always knew that he wouldn't, it's great to see him do it so fervently. He's clearly a great leader, but again, I can't see SG-1 being complete without him. And Teal'c apparently doesn't want to leave. I'm glad he's gonna let the Jaffa make their bed and lie in it for now.

    Jaffa Council:
    Clearly, they're idiots. But we'll give them a break because they've been doing this sort of thing (i.e. following anyone) all of their lives. While Teal'c and the SGC have given them every opportunity to make a civilization built on democracy, they continue to spit on it and throw it back. Whatever. As frustrating as it is, I think it's rather realistic, and it will do well to be adjusted later on in the season. Just as Gerak seems to hold on to some crazy version of "The Old Ways," the other Jaffa seem to be perfectly content to take over their past jobs: The Grunt Work. Oh well. It'll make SG-1's aid later on that much more undeniable later on.

    Barrett:
    It's always great to see this guy. Though, I have to say, I miss the red. It always added a bit of the boyish charm he seemed to effortlessly exude. Bummer. Still, I've got my Barrett fix for the season and that's enough.

    "Well, not exactly."
    Heh heh. Enough said on that. Except, it's hilarious to think that ONE line could mean SO much in the grand scheme of things for certain fans. Consider me a member of that camp. That one line from Sam is all the confirmation I needed.

    The (Brand-New) Band:
    It was cute. I'll admit it. It was cute. It was unexpected, and at first, I was like, "WTF?" But then I watched it again, and I had to smile. Cameron's personal objective was finally achieved, and Daniel, Sam and Teal'c could finally admit what they'd always wanted to do: Join SG-1 again. The shared look between Sam and Daniel and the head-bow of yore from Teal'c was all I needed to see, to know that the new "band" is truly back together for good. There is life *sniff* after Jack.

    The Music/Score:
    I really liked it in this episode. I tend to like it in all of the episodes, actually. Two parts that stick out the most are: (1) When Sam, Teal'c and Daniel agree to join SG-1 again and (2) the last scenes where Teal'c kinda resigns to the fact that the Jaffa Council are headed down the wrong path, and Ba'al's clones are revealed for the first time.

    The Command Structure Addressed... Or Not
    Hmmmph... It was kinda off. I guess it'll be fully addressed in "Babylon," but I was expecting a bit more, I suppose. I don't want any tension or anymore Sam vs. Cam debates/wars, I just want the canon truth, whatever that may be. I just hope that TPTB haven't decided to simply SPLIT UP Sam and Cameron when it comes to missions, so as to avoid the issue altogether. That would not be cool.

    Overall, I'd give the ep an 8.5 out of 10.
    (I'm holding my 10s for The Fourth Horseman Parts I and II. )

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    This was the first episode of Season 9 that I've actually enjoyed.

    -Great (practicing restraint here...) to hear Sam utter those two little words, "Not exactly"!!! (I know how I interpreted it....)

    -Good to hear something about Cassandra, even in passing....

    -So very glad to see Ba'al back again (and again and again....). Personally I find the Goa'uld much more interesting as villains than the Orii.....and as Goa'uld go, Ba'al's the best. I love the road they've decided to take this character down.... (Guess I'm part of the small minority who like the Goa'uld-infested NID/Trust storylines.....)

    -Really great to see the personalities/characters of the original SG-1 coming back online. Daniel is more like Daniel than he has been in weeks, Sam is back doing what she does best (it's so good to have her back again---I really missed her)....and Teal'c is alive! He speaks, he moves, he's an integral part of the story! Teal'c not only had an abundance of lines to speak, but sprang back fully-loaded as the wise, passionate warrior that he is (and I think there's an articulate master-statesman deep inside longing to come out).

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