Cobra Kai (2018-): Season 1
Title: Cobra Kai
Genre: Action | Comedy | Drama |
Season: 1| 2|
Runtime: 30 min/episode
Creator: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Xolo Maridueña, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka
Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso, and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again.
A GREAT NOSTALGIC TRIP
When I tested YouTube Premium, I didn’t count on to encounter such as great and original content as this. Already in the first episode, you get hooked on the premise when you see the connection with the old epic, that inspired generations of bad-ass fighting movies, The Karate Kid (1984).
This is a story you didn’t know you needed to have continued – what happened to Johnny the bully who got his ass kicked by karate kid Daniel. While giving Johnny a new retelling, this series also gives us the audience and fans a new perspective on the other characters, such as karate kid himself and his now own family. This is an obvious new generation-story, but it keeps all the great elements of the 80’s film, with unapologetic and physical humor, and of course epic fist-to-foot battles.
The story gives light on the premise that no one is truly or born evil, anyone can go from bad to good or vice versa. This message is clearest in the season’s climax when the characters we followed from the start, finalize their transformation to something we didn’t expect. Not only that, but we also get the return of a character that totally will give more drama to the next season.
Like the characters, the actors show great dedication into their craft. The mix of old and new faces gives the right tone that the story deserves. My favorite actor is William Zabka who betrays Johnny, still, as the teenage jerk, we remember but with more dimensional this time – as the deadbeat father who realizes his bad ways. I must also give cred to young actor Xolo Maridueña, whose play Johnny’s apprentice Miguel, a nerdy outsider who’s trying, like his sensei to get redemption. He does a good job making you feel for him through all the obstacles, both them thrown at him and made by himself. He has the spirit of a young Daniel LaRusso and I hope he keeps it throughout the series.
The production was very impressive with how simple yet professional it looks. Slick camera works and compromised story. The only thing I sort of can complain about is how fast every event and key scene happens but that is still understandable with that it’s the first season, whose main function is to pitch and hook the audience, which it totally does. I recommend this series and I have great hopes for next season.
Richard Bengtsson | Journalist.