Westside Steve Posted February 11, 2021 Report Share Posted February 11, 2021 Cobra Kai YouTube premium / Netflix 3 seasons Nearly 40 years ago THE KARATE KID was one of the most popular movies of its time. It was directed by John G Avildsen a guy who is no stranger to underdog overcoming outrageous odds films probably the most famous of which was ROCKY. THE KARATE KID also spawned a couple of sequels in descending popularity but now the story picks up 3 decades later with Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka )as grown men whose lives have taken markedly different paths. Daniel has turned his fame from the karate championship in the 80s into a successful automobile dealership while Johnny has bounced from low end job to low end job after a failed marriage. I will just give you the basic setup because of course as 3 Seasons roll along there will be a lot of twists and turns along the way. A couple other major players are Daniels’s daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser) and Johnny’s estranged son Robbie and Miguel (Xolo Mariduena). He’s something of an outcast; picked on and abused by the kids in school. He will convince a reluctant to Johnny Lawrence to come out of retirement and teach him karate. Johnny will reopen the Cobra Kai dojo with a similar strike first no mercy motto but he’s by no means as nasty as the original sensei John Kreese.(Martin Kove). Of course, Daniel and Johnny are still at odds and as Cobra Kai expands, Daniel decides to revive the Miyagi do dojo which sets up an us-versus-them conflict that continues through the series. One thing you’ll notice with season 3 which opened January 2021 is that Netflix has purchased the series from YouTube premium. It's not that Google didn't have the money it's just that they didn't want to spend it. The 30-minute segments have been expanded to 39 minutes and the writing and cinematography seem a little bit more polished thanks to Netflix partners at Sony. Some of the situations seem a little darker as well. as more of the original cast added, with the exception, of course, Pat Morita who does appear in flashback. So here are a few facts I can give you without fear of spoiling the show. Cast members from the original movie will be showing up on a regular basis. You will learn some history that you didn’t know before. There’ll be at least one fight in every episode and absolutely none of them will make you forget Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan trust me. Also, there will be at the very least one corny platitude . Cobra Kai & Miyagi do students will switch sides occasionally. Some of the old bad guys turn out to be okay and some of them turned out to be worse than you thought. And there will be a lot of misunderstandings between the characters that I thought should be pretty easy to figure out but… Anyway, it’s enjoyable nostalgic and an easy watch if not a particularly stunning production. But with a slight improvement in season 3 all in all I’m giving it a… B- Breaking news Season 4 Just got the green light WSS 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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