Babylon 5

Season 1 Episode 8

The War Prayer

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Mar 09, 1994 on



  • Trivia

    • Revealing Mistake: When Dr. Franklin is in Ivanova's quarters, the doors open before he moves toward them.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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