Re: Sacrifice of the Angels Ending A Deus Ex Machina?
Quite right. As I've been saying, the people arguing that it's a deus ex machina are focusing only on the plot, on who does what, and that's the wrong way to look at it, because the DS9 writing staff, as proteges of Michael Piller, followed his philosophy of approaching everything from the perspective of character first and foremost.
way of looking at it not necessarily the wrong way to look at it. snce they added Godlike beiings from the start and using tem takes the solution out fo the hands of the main characters. It's hard not to see this as a DEM since a Godlike race was used to solve a problem at the last minute.
Yes but as that god like race had been established in the very first episode (and of having influence over ships in the wormhole) it isn't a Deus ex Machina. If they had suddenly introduced them in this episode then it would have been a Deus ex Machina.
Dues ex machina usually require some new element not previously introduced/established that seemingly comes out of nowhere. The wormhole aliens weren't a new element.
Usually but of course not always and in this case a person watching the story for the first time would never have suspected it to end that way. Those same beings could be used to prevent the Dominion from taking their fleet to Cardassia Prime in the first place, there would've been no need for minefield.
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