Babylon 5

Season 1 Episode 8

The War Prayer

7
Aired Monday 7:00 PM Mar 09, 1994 on
7.4
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A racist group is terrorizing non-humans on Babylon 5, stabbing and branding them. Meanwhile Londo has trouble with two young Centauri who wants to break tradition by ignoring their arranged marriages, and instead marrying for love

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  • Got to love Londo

    6.5
    The things that guy comes out with never cease to amuse me XD



    It's quite ironic, as one of the things that put me off the show years ago was "those weird guys with the weird hair".



    Pretty average though otherwise. I felt that it committed the sin of making the characters look stupid - Ivanova for not actually realising that her ex was a bigot in the first place, and him for just so easily falling for the ruse that the commander of the B5 station of all people would be one as well. To his credit he did do that little "test" but it was too little too late. It was just too easy, really, and left me wondering what the point of the episode was.



    It wasn't bad though, entertaining enough.moreless
  • The War Prayer

    8.5
    The War Prayer was a really great episode of Babylon 5. I enjoyed watching this episode because it show cased how character driven this series is. The actors really make the show what it is and they are easy to relate to. I thought this episode also showed how this series can take a serious situation or message and make it relatable to viewers. The special effects and make-up departments are doing a great job. This series is definitely a cult classic in the scifi genre. This episode was entertaining and fun to watch. I look forward to watching more Babylon 5!!!!!moreless
  • A story to thought about...

    8.3
    Very thought provoking episode as the topic covered is not only a futuristic problem - it, in different forms, exists here in Earth nowadays too. And the way the should how old friends can change so much with years and you can never know what the other person might be possible to do. That was really well chosen storyline.



    Also I liked those two Centauri youth and Londo, the way he discovered that things on different perspective - it doesn't mean that when you have used to follow old traditions and accepted life with them, that there is no way others good find their way out of them and have happiness.



    beautiful episode.moreless
  • Showing that the problems of the 21st Century are still around in the 23rd...

    7.5
    This episode revovles around the notion that Babylon 5 is far from being a utopian society which has 'solved' all the problems of our current day. A group of pro-Earth supremacists are active on the station, attacking a Minbari poet and, later, a pair of Centauri lovebirds.



    In a typical Babylon5 twist, it turns out that the leader of the pro-Earthers is an old flame of Ivanova's (what is it with the Babylon 5 command staff and their ex-partners....lol!!) Ivanova and Sinclair combine to bring down the pro-Earther, although the acting from Sinclair doesn't really convince - they let him infiltrate the group when it is blindingly obvious that he is bluffing. And poor old Ivanova - won't she ever get any happiness in her life?



    The other bit of this episode that I enjoyed was Londo ranting at Vir and his friends over the value of love ... 'Love!!!... What does LOVE have to do with marriage?'. You've gotta love that. And Londo showing Vir a picture of his three wives 'Pestilance...Famine...Death' was just so funny.



    Good character development for Londo and Ivanova, and an insight into the reality of life on Babylon 5. Not great - but another solid episode that builds for later.moreless
  • the war prayer.londo tell vir about his three wives.

    9.8
    there are alot of episodes which feature londo and vir and they are very good together,some scenes are very funny.there is a scene in this episode the war prayer that i found quite amusing. londo "love?pah overated here,look theses are my three wives,pestilence, famine and death,do you think i married them for their personalities?.their personalities could shatter entire plants.!arranged marriages everyone,but they worked out.they inspired me.knowing that they were waiting at home for me is what keeps me here....75 light years away. i found this scene very funny.just the way londo tells vir about his wives then shows us a picture of them was funny.moreless
Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson

Talia Winters

Andreas Katsulas

Andreas Katsulas

G'Kar

Claudia Christian

Claudia Christian

Susan Ivanova

Jeffrey Willerth

Jeffrey Willerth

Vorlon Ambassador Kosh Naranek (1994-1996), Vorlon Ambassador Ulkesh Naranek (1996)

Jerry Doyle

Jerry Doyle

Michael Garibaldi

Michael O'Hare

Michael O'Hare

Jeffrey Sinclair

Tristan Rogers

Tristan Rogers

Malcolm Biggs

Guest Star

Nancy Lee Grahn

Nancy Lee Grahn

Shaal Mayan

Guest Star

Michael Paul Chan

Michael Paul Chan

Roberts

Guest Star

Mark Hendrickson

Mark Hendrickson

Thegras

Recurring Role

Marianne Robertson

Marianne Robertson

Dome Tech

Recurring Role

Ardwight Chamberlain

Ardwight Chamberlain

Kosh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Delenn: Human ways are often unfathomable, but in time, one learns to live with them.
      G'Kar: If one has an exceedingly strong constitution.

    • Malcolm: We want to put Earth back at the center of the universe, our universe, get rid of alien influences, get rid of aliens, put Earth first. We must get back to our roots. Let humans be humans.

    • Sinclair: And we won. Not because we outfought them, not because we were luckier than them or stronger than them or smarter than them. We won because the damn Minbari let us win.

    • Londo: (After being given over two Centauris who ran from home) What am I supposed to do with them?
      Sinclair: You're always saying the Centauri are an advanced race. You figure it out.

    • Delenn: (About aliens being attacked) There was a time, Mr. Garibaldi, when one could walk through Green sector without need of escort.
      Sinclair: I assure you, we're doing everything we can to correct that, Ambassador.
      Delenn: Then you are required to do better, Commander. Much better.

    • Ivanova: You're a vicious man.
      Garibaldi: I'm Head of Security. It's in the job description.

    • Londo: (about his wives) These are my three wives: Pestilence, Famine, and Death. Do you think I married them for their personalities? Their personalities could shatter entire planets! Arranged marriages every one, but they worked out, they inspired me. Knowing that they were waiting at home for me is what keeps me here - 75 light years away.

    • Ivanova: The Vorlons are very secretive. They don't want anyone to know what they look like, what they breathe, or how their biology works. I mean, who knows how much that suit is really necessary and how much is just camouflage to keep us from seeing what's inside?

    • Londo: Love? What does love have to do with marriage?

    • Sinclair: Meanwhile, it might be helpful if you spoke with the other ambassadors.
      Kosh: We take no interest in the affairs of others.
      Sinclair: Well I hope you'll reconsider. If you could give us a hand, we...
      Kosh: Yes?
      Sinclair: Nothing. We'll respect your wishes... (Sinclair pauses and looks at Kosh's viewer with images of Earth history) That's quite a viewer. I've never seen anything like it before. What is it?
      Kosh: Efficient.
      Sinclair: Those are images from my world. If I may ask, what are you...?
      Kosh: I am studying.
      Sinclair: Studying what? (no response)

    • Vir: Kiron may die because our "glorious" tradition values wealth and power over love.
      Londo: My shoes are too tight.
      Vir: Excuse me?
      Londo: Something my father said. He was old, very old at the time. I went into his room, and he was sitting alone in the dark, crying. So I asked him what was wrong, and he said, "My shoes are too tight, but it doesn't matter, because I have forgotten how to dance." I never understood what that meant until now. My shoes are too tight, and I have forgotten how to dance.

    • Mayan: Ambassador, you should listen to the girl. We Minbari consider love to be a most potent force for healing. She cares deeply for him. Such feelings can turn the tide when all else fails.
      Londo: Oh I see. And if he dies, despite this great power of lo- ....
      Mayan: If he dies, she will suffer enormous grief, but every moment together will make her grief a little less.
      Londo: I would expect such logic from a poet. What can a Minbari know about Centauri feeling?
      Mayan: Ambassador, I have traveled far and seen much. And what I have seen tells me that all sentient beings are defined by their capacity and need for love.
      Londo: And she will learn to live without it!
      Mayan: As you did?

  • NOTES (1)

    • The scene with Kosh and Sinclair was filmed for the episode "The Parliament of Dreams," but was redubbed slightly and moved to this episode due to time overruns.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Famine, Pestilence and Death:
      Londo refers to his three wives by these titles, reference the four horseman of the apocalypse from Revelation.

    • Title
      According to producer J. Michael Straczynski, the title of this episode is an homage of Mark Twain's "The War Prayer." In that short story, the inhabitants of a small town pray in church for victory in war, until a mysterious (angelic?) figure gets up and points out exactly what horrors will come with victory.

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