A character on "Jeremiah" even quoted a passage from "1984" in one episode. Orwell surely had a profound impact on JMS... just like Tolkien.
Wasn't that in the episode about the librarian who couldn't read? That wasn't a JMS episode; it was the one Sam Egan episode I actually liked.
Nope, I was thinking about the Season 2 premiere.
A captured Marcus was commenting on the Valhalla Sector's methods and plans by referencing Orwell.