Re: Sacrifice of the Angels Ending A Deus Ex Machina?
It's one 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.
Except that the fact that the Bajorans worshipped the wormhole aliens as gods does not automatically make this a DEM -- and the solution to the issue was never out of the hands of the main characters. As you said, a godlike race (from the perspective of the Bajorans) was used
to solve the problem. Emphasis -- used
-- by Sisko. Sisko forced the issue and he
solved the problem. That's the most important thing to get out of the ending of this episode.
Used by the writers not by Sisko, from their point they knew all along that they would stop the fleet.
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