When I first heard that Cobra Kai was going to be released I was a little worried. I was very disappointed with the reboot starring Jaden Smith and when I heard that Will Smith was a producer I was even more turned off of the series. Then the first trailer came out and I changed my mind. Weekly, a new short teaser was released. It looked better and better.
Cobra Kai is an American comedy-drama web television series based on The Karate Kid film series created by Robert Mark Kamen that premiered on May 2, 2018 on YouTube Red. The series was created by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald and stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, reprising their roles from the films. It takes place 34 years after the original film and follows the reopening of the Cobra Kai karate dojo by Johnny Lawrence and the rekindling of his old rivalry with Daniel LaRusso.
The series follows Johnny and what happened to him after losing the tournament to Daniel back in 1984. Johnny has fallen on hard times. Throughout the series we see that he was bullied by his step-father and joining Cobra Kai was his way to escape. We learn that Daniel on the other hand has become successful. He has a string of car dealerships and is a very rich man with the spoiled kids and beautiful wife. Will Johnny find redemption? Will Daniel find balance in his life? Can these two enemies make peace with their past or is history bound to repeat itself?
The ten 30 minutes episodes were packed full of nostalgia for karate kids fans. There were references to the 1st three movies and we get to see Daniels old apartment building, Mr. Miyagi’s home and even a visit by Daniel’s daughter Samantha and Johnny’s student Miguel Diaz to the iconic Golf ‘N Stuff.
Throughout the series, you meet and really get to know so many good character. You see the transformation of Miguel and Samantha as well as the rag-tag group of students that Johnny turn from “losers and nerds” to Cobras.
Much like the Karate Kid films, this series is more about the message than karate.
This is a must see for any fan of the karate kid movie series. The series makes you root for Johnny Lawrence.
You want to see him succeed. You want to see him and Daniel make amends. This is a feel good series with a surprise ending that made me want to see more.
On May 10, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season of ten episodes that is set to premiere in 2019.
I strongly recommend watching this series. I have watched it once on my own and one evening my family sat down and watch the series from beginning to end.
You can find the first 2 episodes on YouTube for free. The remaining 8 episodes are available for a couple bucks each. It is worth the few dollars you will pay to watch these.