The War Prayer (Babylon 5)

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"The War Prayer"
Babylon 5 episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 7
Directed by Richard Compton
Written by D. C. Fontana
Production code 107
Original air date 9 March 1994
Guest appearance(s)

Tristan Rogers (Malcolm Biggs)
Nancy Lee Grahn (Shaal Mayan)
Michael Paul Chan (Roberts)
Rodney Eastman (Kiron Maray)
Danica McKellar (Aria Tensus)

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"The War Prayer" is an episode from the first season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5. The title of the episode comes from the Mark Twain story "The War Prayer".[1]


A young Centauri couple seek to defy the marriage customs of their families, while the Homeguard—a pro-Earth terrorist group—are responsible for several attacks against aliens, including Shaal Mayan, a prominent Minbari poet.

Arc significance[edit]

  • The Homeguard, a radical pro-Earth group, make their first appearance.
  • Kosh is seen studying images from Earth, prompting discussion of the enigma he and the Vorlons represent. The removal of telepath Lyta Alexander and Medical Officer Benjamin Kyle back to Earth (characters from the pilot who did not carry over to the first season) is attributed to being the only humans to have had direct contact with a Vorlon.
  • Marriages are usually arranged in Centauri society. The custom is also a major plot element in episodes "Soul Mates" and "Sic Transit Vir".
  • Londo refers to his three wives as "Famine, Pestilence, and Death", three of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.


  1. ^ Ryan, Matthew (2004-07-13). The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5; "JMS Speaks".

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