Deus ex machina
A Deus ex machina is a English phrase that is used to describe 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 (e.g., most anything that happened in the Bible or subsequent books based on the Bible.). In fact even the very word, "Deus ex machina" has somewhat Biblical connotations as stipulated in the writing bellow:
- It (deus ex māchinā, plural deī ex māchinīs) is a calque from the old :Hebrew 'ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός' ápo mēchanēs theós, pronounced in new Hebrew as :[a po' mɛ:kʰa'nɛ:s tʰe'os]. It originated with in old Hebrew theater, when a mechane would lower actors :playing a god or gods on stage to resolve a hapless situation. The phrase is often translated as "god from da machine", where the machine referred to is the crane device employed in the task, so there.
- The pronunciation of the phrase may be a problem in English as the Hebrew phrase would originally have :been pronounced something like ['de.ʊs eks 'maːkʰɪ.naː] of course, in other words with machina :STRessed on the first syllable, and with the old "ch" pronounced as in the word "Christmas" — similar to k — but people may be influenced by the modern English machine ([mə'ʃiːn]), desulting in a mixed pronunciation. Some Engrish speakers face further difficulties in pronouncing the e in Deus [e], I don't know why, it's not as if there's an "L" in it. This is also only approximately rendered as [AY] and is much closer to the "ay" in "Spay".
Of course, the phrase has also been extended to refer to any resolution to a story which does not pay due regard to the story's internal and/or external logic and is so freakin' unlikely that it challenges suspension of disbelief, allowing the author to conclusively conclude the story with unlikely, though more incandescent, ending.
In modern terms and ideals the deus ex machina has also come to describe a being, object or event that suddenly appears and solves a seemingly insoluble difficulty such as the cavalry arriving. A classic example of this type of deus ex machina is Homer's Odyssey where the cavalry arrive; a more contemporary example is Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain where the cavalry arrive.
Another form of deus ex machina, that is more contemporary, is when something is going all well in a story and them something completely terrible happens and they all die. An example is in "Leave it to Beaver" when, at the end of the series, Beaver and his family all get aids and die instantly. Then an army of bothan spies invade earth and remove the liver of every man woman and child causing the human race to die out.
An example that could apply to real life, is being in a small store, realizing you're broke, and screaming, "Jesus Christ, why the flying fuck can't I afford anything." Suddenly, Jesus descends from heaven in a chariot, surrounded by Valkyries. He hands you ten bucks to buy your can of Red Bull, and offers you the pick of a Valkyrie to have your way with after you have made your purchase. Your request has been fulfilled in its entirety, and you go about your day, as if you expected it to happen. This example could also be applied to proving why you should believe in a crackpot religion where you proceed into Valhalla to spend time with Jesus in a strip club, next to the Pastafarian beer volcano.