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.
STILL FREAKING GREAT
To the people who don’t know about Cobra Kai, is a sort of sequel-series to the greatest badass motion-picture ever, The Karate Kid (1984). In my previous review on season 1, I was intrigued by the concept and now after finishing season 2 – I’m loving it even more.
The characters and plot still have the lovable elements from season 1, quirky personalities, love-triangles, jealousy, and epic fist-to-face battles. The producers even turned up everything a notch. We have the return of Johnny’s evil sensei John Kreese, who walked into the Cobra Kai dojo at the end of the first season. What I really like is that we get to see Kreese in a new light – the tragic story of a man who in his mind never left the battlefield. But when it looks like he is trying to change, it gets exposed that everything was just a ruse.
The overall season-plot goes together like a puzzle – every new drama from big fights to small disagreements just adds to the tension and you get to see everything unfold together at the last climax. Now Johnny and Daniel not only need to worry about each other but also the return of Kreese and the dramatic love-affairs between their children and students.
It’s so clear that the creators and actors knew that they needed to step up this time to meet the expectations of their fans. The ensemble is still as great as they were in the last season, but they are more relatable than ever, especially the kids who thanks to the scripts are more in focus than Johnny this time. In the previous review, I named William Zabka as my favorite actor in the series, he still is but I must say Xolo Maridueña is growing on me. While I love Johnny’s cockiness and overall badassery, Miguel is starting to get more relatable for every new episode, with his outsider-redemption story, love tales, and father-figure seeking. Xolo really is a rising star who is already stealing scenes from some of his Karate Kid-veterans and I hope he will continue in that direction.
My only complain last time was that the series felt hastily edited – the key scenes and events happened very close together and I thought that it was just because it was the first season – which main function is to catch and capture an audience, and with that building a foundation which the creators can further stack the story on. I feel I was right, because this new season feels calmer overall. No fight or event feels impulsive, or unnecessary. They are still as exciting, even more, because now we as the audience don’t know when everything just gonna implode in drama.
Even the production quality is kept great with still simple, but now more decorated scenery and crispy clean camerawork. The creators shatter your expectations for a YouTube-series and hook right from the start with the concept. With season 3 newly announced the series is still evolving, but I think that it has already found its path to success it’s just about how far it can go, which is all now way because;
“… a Cobra Kai never dies…”
Richard Bengtsson | Journalist.
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