If you love the “Creed” series for expanding on the “Rocky” franchise in interesting new directions for a new generation while still staying true to it’s classic roots, then you’ll surely love “Cobra Kai” for doing the exact same thing!
Thirty four years after events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso. The show stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the 1984 film The Karate Kid. Set 34 years later, Cobra Kai re-examines the “Miyagi-Verse” narrative from Johnny’s point of view, his decision to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo, and the rekindling of his old rivalry with Daniel. Cobra Kai also stars Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni DeCenzo and Martin Kove.
The story’s development revolves around these primary relationships, which lead to conflicts that are ultimately the product of Daniel and Johnny’s inability to move away from the past. It’s pretty amusing to see Johnny as a relic of the 80’s reacting to modern stuff or Daniel interacting with his family. But what I enjoy most about the series is that it introduces us to a whole slew of brand new characters worthy of carrying “The Karate Kid’s” legacy, while also bringing many familiar classic characters to the point where the show reminds you who they are through flashbacks from the movies frequently (yes, that even includes “The Karate Kid: Part II” and “Karate Kid: Part III” (whom they occasionally mock)). Even the more despicable characters get redeemed thanks to hearing their side of the story, except for John Kreese, he’s still trouble after we finally see his entire war backstory. And even for a You Tube/Netflix streaming show the action scenes in this series is pretty top-notch and will leave you wanting more, no matter how over the top it can be. Overall if you love this franchise or just love martial arts, you’ll enjoy this endearing next chapter to the “The Karate Kid” legacy!