"Moment of Truth"
Director: Paul McGuigan
Writer(s): Cheo Hodari Coker
Series: Luke Cage
Season Number: 1
Episode Number: 1
Original airdate: September 30, 2015
Next Episode: "Code of the Streets"

"Moment of Truth" is the premiere episode of season one of Luke Cage.


With tension building in the streets of Harlem thanks to ruthless club owner Cottonmouth, Luke finds it increasingly difficult to live a quiet life.


Continuity and References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe


  • Moment of Truth is the name of a song included in the album of the same name of the hip-pop duo Gang Starr.
  • When Pop calls Luke Cage Power Man, that is a reference to his name in the comics.
  • Cottonmouth is selling weapons made by Hammer Industries. Hammer Industries is run by Justin Hammer and was a competitor of Stark Industries. Justin Hammer appeared in and was played by Sam Rockwell in Iron Man 2.
  • The "rebound chick" mentioned briefly early in the episode is Jessica Jones.
  • At the end of the episode, Luke Cage says that he's "not for hire". Ironically, the character's first appearance was in a 1972 comic called "Luke Cage, Hero for Hire".
  • In the scene at Cottonmouth's club between Cottonmouth, Maraiah and Domingo, she mentions the incident that happened to Fisk.
  • When Luke Cage is walking down the street a man says that he has blu-ray movies of "Tony Stark, a blonde man with the hammer, etc" making a reference to marvel super heroes, from where Luke Cage is.
  • In this episode, Mariah Stokes says to Cornell Stokes that, "politics is where the real power is." In another Netflix Original, House of Cards (2013), Ali plays a character named Remy Danton, who at one point, is the Chief of Staff for the President of the United States.
  • A thug says: "I don't even like these guys" and runs away, after Luke knocks out the rest of his crew. This is similar to the line delivered by a thug in Iron Man 3, when Iron Man does the same thing to some thugs, mirroring the scene.


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