05.08 Episode 96
Airdate: August 17, 2001

On P2X-338, SG-1 finds an ancient Babylonian ziggurat dedicated to the god Marduk. The planet appears to have been deserted for millennia until evidence points to a recent visit to the planet by the Russians. Using the Siberian stargate before their program had been shut down, a Russian team had been searching for the Eye of Tiamat, a jeweled artifact believed to have endowed Marduk with great magical abilities. The team has been missing for months, however, and so a joint US-Russian rescue mission is launched under the command of Colonel O'Neill and his Russian counterpart, Colonel Zukhov.

The team enters the ziggurat, however a booby trap soon seals them inside, and the mystery of the Russian team's fate begins to unfold. An ancient sarcophagus contains a skeleton, and the writings reveal that Marduk had been such an evil tyrant that he had been sealed in the sarcophagus with an alien creature that had repeatedly eaten him alive. Marduk's symbiote had entered the creature and escaped, and now it is missing. However, when the creature is found and killed, and the body contains no symbiote, it is clear that one of the team has now been taken as a host.

As suspicion spreads, Marduk reveals himself within the body of Russian Major Vallarin, and demands the return of the Eye of Tiamat. Zukhov refuses to turn over the artifact, and uses a grenade, dying in the collapse of the passageway. The remaining members of the team use explosives to destroy Marduk within his temple, and are barely able to make their escape through long-hidden transporter rings as the ancient structure crumbles. Marduk is presumed dead, but the valuable artifact is gone, and the loss of the Russian team members leaves US-Russian relations on shaky ground, despite expectations of future cooperation.

Written by: Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie
Directed by: Peter DeLuise

Guest Starring: Earl Pastko as Colonel Zukhov, Alexander Kalugin as Major Vallarin, Jennifer Halley as Lieutenant Tolinev, Vitaliy Kravchenko as Lieutenant Marchenko, Garry Chalk as Russian Colonel

Reference: Alexander Britski, Colonel Chekov, Eye of Tiamat, Valentine Kirensky, Lieutenant Marchenko, Marduk, P2X-338, Russians, Russian Officers, Russian Stargate, Sarcophagus, Lieutenant Tolinev, Major Vallarin, Vern, Colonel Zukhov