Luke Cage (2016–2018)
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The Basement 

As a wave of violence rocks Harlem, everyone races to connect the dots between Piranha, Mariah, Bushmaster and the grisly find at the clinic.


Millicent Shelton


Archie Goodwin (based on the Marvel comics by), George Tuska (based on the Marvel comics by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Colter ... Luke Cage
Simone Missick ... Misty Knight
Theo Rossi ... Hernan 'Shades' Alvarez
Mustafa Shakir ... John 'Bushmaster' McIver
Alfre Woodard ... Mariah Dillard
Reg E. Cathey ... James Lucas
Peter Jay Fernandez ... Captain Tom Ridenhour
Thomas Q. Jones ... Comanche
Sahr Ngaujah ... Anansi
Kevin Mambo ... Sheldon
Chaz Lamar Shepherd ... Raymond 'Piranha' Jones
Heather Simms ... Auntie Ingrid (as Heather Alicia Simms)
John Clarence Stewart ... Alex Wesley
John Scurti ... Dr. Gabe Krasner
Jeremiah Craft ... D.W. Griffith (as Jeremiah Richard Craft)


As a wave of violence rocks Harlem, everyone races to connect the dots between Piranha, Mariah, Bushmaster and the grisly find at the clinic.

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Did You Know?


Sheldon (Kevin Mambo) clinks beer bottles on his fingers as a way of calling out Luke Cage. This is reminiscent of The Warriors (1979), a movie about gang warfare in which Luther (David Patrick Kelly) does the same thing to taunt rival gang The Warriors. See more »


Cage and Bushmaster agree to meet on the bridge at 12:00 high. When we see them together on the bridge it's plain to see om the shadows that the Individual Cage shots were filmed during the early afternoon no the individual Bushmaster shots were filmed during the late afternoon. The fight scene does not appear to have any shadows, so several portable lights must have been used to eliminate any shadows. See more »


References High Noon (1952) See more »


Sun Is Shining
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers (uncredited)
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Good and Bad Surprises
22 February 2019 | by jnjcomberSee all my reviews

I watched this episode a while ago so I won't be going into full detail. I'm just going to point out the highlights.

The opening sequence was okay but nothing special.

Although we get some more insight to Bushmaster in this episode, he still remains to be a mostly weak character and villain. I'm not sure what it is that makes him so. I think the way he doesn't seem very important or threatening maybe.

Luke and Piranha's interactions were fun.

We have a surprising revelation and character moment between Shades and Comanche. I was pleasantly surprised by this.

Misty's character took a surprising turn also.

The fight scene at the end was very awkward and anticlimactic. I'm not sure how they thought that it would be a good direction for that storyline to go in. The music choice during the scene was also very strange.

Overall the character interactions and dialogues are still far superior to how they were previously, but the writing and directing are still occasionally falling flat.

I'm not sure why the show runners decided to hire a different writer and director for each episode but it is sometimes very noticeable and the show loses consistency.

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Release Date:

22 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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