I’ll say it and say it over and over again… Cobra Kai shouldn’t be this damn good!
If you told me a sequel to the Karate Kid series 30+ years after the movie came out would be a TV show, made by the people who made the Harold and Kumar movies and would focus on the “bad guy” from the movie, I would have told you that you were insane as that’s a ridiculous idea. But somehow the stars aligned perfectly and delivered a hell of a show filled with the right amount of nostalgia, drama, writing, and good old-fashioned karate. At first on Youtube Premium, until they decided to get out of the Original Series Game, Netflix gladly picked up the show they once passed on as it blew up to be a surprise hit.
At the end of the season two finale of Cobra Kai, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny’s (William Zabka) decades-long rivalry brewed up into a full-blown high school brawl between their students at their local high school. In the aftermath, Johnny’s neighbor-turned-prized student Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) was left in a coma after being kicked off a ledge by Johnny’s estranged son Robbie (Tanner Buchanan), who joined with Daniel’s dojo, and Daniel’s daughter Sam (Mary Mouser) was scarred in the fight. Johnny also had his dojo taken over by his hated former mentor John Kreese (Martin Kove), so Johnny’s at his lowest. Needless to say, things have gotten out of control.
It looks like not only with Johnny and Daniel put their differences aside to save the kids from Kreese, but Daniel will do some soul searching in his former mentor Mr. Miyagi’s homeland of Okinawa. The tease of Karate Kid 2 characters Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), Daniel’s former nemesis, and Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita), Daniel’s former love interest, further expanding the mythology of the series. Still waiting to see if Elizabeth Shue returns as Ali as well. All I know is that with Cobra Kai now on Netflix and the show’s profile raised, William Zabka better get his Emmy cred this time around!
Cobra Kai Season 3 hits Netflix on January 8th, 20201