If there’s one revelatory series that has positioned itself among the top ten most-watched series on the Netflix for 2020, it’s Cobra Kai. But what’s going to happen next? Here are our thoughts on the 9 things that need to happen in Cobra Kai season 3.
The adaptation by director Robert Mark Kamen has managed to conquer the nostalgic public that grew up with the stories of Karate Kid. It revived the unforgettable lessons that Mr Miyagi was giving to a young and inexperienced Daniel LaRusso.
It’s been such a success that the series that began with two seasons on Youtube Red in May 2018, managed to attract the attention of the heads at Netflix. They decided to buy the rights and to launch it as part of their own production at the end of this summer.
Nobody expected to see Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso’s characters on the screen again. Much less that they would be played again by their original actors William Zabka and Ralph Macchio. At fifty years of age did they still have the strength to fight in dojo conditions? But they’ve succeeded, reinventing themselves and keeping the spectator glued to the screen.
Ready to return to the dojo?
Here we go!
Where are we up to?
The first and second seasons introduced us to a misguided and sad Johnny Lawrence who had given up his dreams of greatness in the world of Karate. He became a nobody who barely had money to survive. But we find the opposite side of the coin with successful salesman Daniel LaRusso, who seems to have it all figured out. A full and happy life; but of course, if that were so, there would be no story to tell.
The plot is completed with the appearance of Miguel Diaz, a young Latino who is being bullied at school. Miguel needs a paternal influence to help him feel stronger. And that’s where the new plot of the story begins, with the secret training of a new sensei Johnny Lawrence who seeks to turn Miguel into a star of Karate. This leads to a shot of winning the All Valley tournament together; the rest of the story we all know to the end of season 2.
Now, after the end of the second chaotic season full of unexpected turns, what can happen in this third installment of the saga? Here’s what it all comes down to!
These are the top 9 things that need to happen in Cobra Kai season 3.
1. Reconciliation between father and son
If anything has become clear over the first two seasons, it’s that the father-son relationship between Robby Keene and Johnny is not ideal.
It was difficult for Robby to grow up without his father’s presence. This being the main reason why he became a rebellious and problematic teenager. The fact that he started learning karate with his father’s main rival, didn’t help his relationship improve either. Quite the contrary.
However, the end of the second season left us with a broken Robby Keene. He was disowned by his adoptive family and was forced to ask his father for help again despite all his differences. All this before fleeing at the end of the school brawl. Will this be the beginning of a possible reconciliation?
2. More battles between Cobra Kai and the Miyagi-Do
Sensei Kreese’s teaching methods led to the war between the Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai exploding. Causing the final battle of the last chapter of season two that left Michael hospitalized and Robby Keene horrified by what he had done and absent.
Will this be the moment when Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso will be able to smooth over the rough edges? Will they fight together as a team to confront the inhumane methods that Kreese intends to instil in his Cobra Kai students? One thing is certain: there will be a struggle of conscience on both sides.
3. The Recovery of Miguel Diaz
The end of the second season was shocking. It left Miguel hospitalised after the confrontation with Robby Keene in the High School. Johnny Lawrence was torn apart and sunk for having lost his dojo to tyrant Kreese. A man who had managed to trick him again.
Will Miguel recover? The end of the second season didn’t make it clear to us how healthy the young fighter was. But, whatever his state of health when season three begins, Miguel’s life, his family, friends and that of the rest of his teammates won’t be the same.
4. LaRusso and Lawrence: teamwork?
With LaRusso down and Johnny Lawrence giving up. The new season presents itself as an opportunity for both protagonists to put aside years of rivalry and work as a team. To revive karate in the Valley properly. Why not? They need to fix their broken personal lives from the end of the second season first.
5. Sam and Miguel: will they get back together?
One of the most beautiful relationships that Cobra Kai left us was that of Miguel and Sam LaRusso. It all started well and giving us a couple of chapters full of teenage love. But as the dojo rivalries grew so they were not very successful. Soon, romance was interrupted by Miguel’s unjustified jealousy and his desire to win the All Valley tournament.
After Miguel was hospitalised. And after the kiss they shared before the final battle there are possibilities of a rekindled romance. Will love return in Cobra Kai season 3? Or will it simply remain a friendship? A lot will depend on the fallout of Miguel’s injuries and the impact on the school after the fight.
6. Johnny and Ali: a second chance?
If there’s something that fans have missed during the first two seasons, it’s the love plots between adults. More precisely between Johnny and his first love of youth that he still hasn’t been able to forget, Ali Mills.
Over the first two seasons, Johnny’s character was sad and sorry for not having been able to recover his first high school love. Until the last chapter of the second season where we can see a close-up of a friend request accepted by her on Facebook.
Will this mean that in Cobra Kai season 3 Ali will appear again and will give Johnny a new chance to be happy? Perhaps she will be the Dr who treats Miguel?
7. The conversion of many Cobras into Miyagi-Do students
With Kresse again leading the Cobra Kai, many students will be forced to drop out. They will look for a less aggressive training method that is more in line with the ethical and moral values of more traditional karate. Perhaps, Johnny will provide something in the middle?
In Cobra Kai season 3 we will surely see characters like Aisha seek to leave the anger and rancor of the past. Would she better suit LaRusso’s Miyagi-Do? Would she take other students who don’t feel comfortable with the merciless fighting method preached by Sensei Kresee?
Perhaps this is a way to end Kresse’s imposed reign and for Johnny and Daniel to work as a tea? By training a group of young karate students who will trust them to reach the top in Valley and become good people.
8. Anthony Larusso: a new member of the Cobra Kai?
The first two seasons showed us that the LaRusso’s youngest son had no interest in the karate. His father tried to teach him like his older sister who trained since childhood and returned to train with him a decade later.
The boy is a lover of video games and their violence. There’s the possibility that with age and recent events his vision of the sport will change and he will dare to start training but not under his father. Maybe we’ll all be surprised by young Anthony and his karate skills?
9. A new All Valley tournament
In the first season, we were able to relive the excitement of seeing our protagonists compete in the famous All Valley tournament. Don’t forget those shiny blue mats! But this is something that didn’t happen in the second season.
This third season gives a perfect opportunity to see how an alliance between Daniel and Johnny could bring down Kreese at the tournament. Perhaps this is where we could see the return of Mike Barnes or Terry Silver from the Karate Kid part 3, ready to take the show into season 4.
And that’s our list of 9 things that need to happen in Cobra Kai season 3. What do you think, do you agree with us? What do you think will happen? Which character return are you hoping for? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out IMDB information on Cobra Kai HERE.
Squid Game – Review
The Players and Games
On 17 September 2021, South Korean, Netflix series Squid Game was released. Unbeknown to many including writer and creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, this nine-part drama quickly became the most talked about and watched show around the world.
The extremely well written, staged and thought-out show is a mix of ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Battel Royal’ all rolled into one. To make an intense and binge-able series from start to finish.
The series can be watched with subtitles or dubbed. We would suggest watching it subtitled as some of the dubbed voiceovers don’t quite match up to the characters and you can lose some of the intensity in the scenes. With both options, however, you will still be able to get a good handle of the story, as you follow hundreds of money-poor contestants take on the deadly childhood games.
SPOILERS: If you haven’t watched the whole of Squid Game yet. Stop reading here as we are about to review the players and the games, with some hefty spoilers added in.
All dressed in green tracksuits the players are the focus of the story, and the costuming made sure they did just that. In Screen Rants video Squid Game: 15 Things You Missed, we find out that Dong-hyuk wanted the players in school uniforms. But after realising they would have to wear shorts and skirts, he went with the PE style tracksuits in green, the opposite colour to red on the colour wheel… to make sure the blood stood out.
The game starts with 456 players, but there are eight main characters, who we are invited to find out more about within the story.
Seong Gi-hun (player 456)
The very first player we are introduced to is gambling addict Seong Gi-hun, Played by actor and successful model Lee Jung-jae. Gi-hun lives with his mother, bets all her money on horses, has a lot of debts, and gets his own daughter’s birthday gift from an arcade game. Which cleverly links to the boxes they use for coffins, within the game.
Gi-hun, is a great main character because through his lies and bad habits, his narrative is written to show that he has a compassionate side too, which you can relate to.
Kang Sae-byeok (player 067)
The next character we meet is Kang Sae-byeok, portrayed perfectly by model Jung Ho-yeon, in her first ever acting role. The character arc of the strong, independent, pickpocket, is so interesting and endearing to watch. She goes from depending on herself to becoming part of a team and putting her trust in others.
Her back story is of wanting money to help her brother leave an orphanage and to move her mother from North to South Korea. This puts her in a very sympathetic light which urges us the viewer to root for her.
Cho Sang-woo (Player 218)
The next player we are introduced to is Cho Sang-woo, this complex character played by popular TV actor Park Hae Soo. His own story and mannerisms are what make him such an interesting and confusing character who one minute you like, for example when he helps the team out in tug-of-war game or the other minute you despise especially after the stunt he pulled with Ali, in the marble arena. This makes him one of the best characters to have in a show like this as he is unpredictable, like we saw at the end of game six.
Oh il-Nam (player 001)
The heart and soul of the team… or so we thought! Was Oh il-Nam player 001- we should have known!
One of the smartest players in the game was expertly played by actor and writer, Oh Young-soothe. The likable old man had us going all the way to the end and even made some of us cry in the marble game making the twist at the end of the series even better.
Jang Deok-Su (Player 101)
All good games need a villain, luckily there were a lot within the 456 players, but none were as bad as actor Heo Sung-tae’s portrayal of tatted Jang Deok-su.
Player 101, comes in hitting one of the female players and leaves being dragged down by another one! His well-written character had us shouting at the screen and hoping for a worthy death, and after his betrayal to Han Mi-nyeo before tug of war, she served him the cruel departure from the game we had all hoped for.
Abdul Ali (Player 199)
After saving Gi-Hun in the red light, green light game. Abdul Ali showed not only his strength but his love and trust in others which unfortunately would also become his demise…Thanks to snaky Sang-woo.
Actor Anupam Tripathi took his first big TV role and ran with it becoming one of the most loved characters in the series. Even getting a barrage of meme’s made for the character following his wrongful and underhanded death.
Han Mi-nyeo (Player 212)
Due to the copious amounts of death and blood, it’s always wise to have a little comic relief. Han Mi-nyeo’s character was certainly that, with her frequently used catchphrase of ‘I’m good at everything, except for the things I’m not’. Portrayed by Californian born actress Kim Joo-ryeong, the loud and obnoxious character really gave the competitive edge to the game, especially in the honeycomb games when she cheated, using a lighter to melt the candy! Her character, however, did get a little grating at times.
Ji-yeong (Player 240)
Our biggest issue with this character was that there was simply not enough screen time! Played by Lee Yoo-mi in her first major role, the character of Ji-yeong captured our hearts in just three episodes. Particularly as we got to know more about her harrowing backstory if only there was a way that both Ji-yeong and Sae-byeok could have left the marble arena together!
The main part of the story of Squid Game, is the six schoolyard games, which the players must play and win to get their hands on the life-changing sum of money.
Game 1: Red Light, Green Light.
The aim of the game is not to move when the ‘creepiest doll in history’ is looking, otherwise you are eliminated, and in this game, this doesn’t just mean out! When the ‘creepy doll’ isn’t looking you need to run as quick as you can and try and cross the line within the time frame. Sounds easy right? Not when you realise if you move… you die!
Red Light, Green Light is where the players realise what kind of game they are involved in and where we lost over half to the players too!
The schoolyard set and creepy doll voice just add to the tension of this game, which is also amplified by the visuals of the game in play accompanied by the switch over to the Front Man as he watched the game through monitors whilst listening to the song ‘Fly me to the moon’.
Game 2: Honeycomb/Dalgano Candy
To be safe in this game you need to successfully cut out a shape from Honeycomb, without damaging or breaking the shape. The only tool you are given to help you is a needle.
At the beginning of this game, we truly see the back-stabbing side of Sang-woo, as he realises what game it is, as the players start to pick their shape, before knowing what they need to do.
In the know, Sang-woo goes for the easiest shape, a triangle, and neglects to warn the others as Gi-Hun walks over to pick the hardest shape, the umbrella. This game separates the cheaters from the thinkers as Mi-nyeo and Deok-su use a lighter and Gi-Hun uses his brain and licks the shape free.
The climbing frames, bright colours, childish music and gunshots provide the perfect setting to make this whole scene completely unnerving for the players and the viewers.
Game 3: Tug of War
In teams of ten, it’s time for the players to play Tug of War. The main basis of this game needs no introduction, but instead of being pulled into a pile of mud like the classic game… you get pulled to your death.
Due to the Dr, Player 111, and his extra gameplay with some of the guards. (That involved selling body parts) Deok-su and his team know what game was coming up and managed to put together a team of strongmen to win their heat. Unfortunately, Gi-hun and his team didn’t have the same knowledge and in turn looked to have a weaker team than others. Luckily Il-Nam and Sang-Woo had solid gameplay ideas which saved the team.
The setting for Tug of War, took a bit of a dark turn and away from the schoolyard setting. With yellow and grey platforms set in a pitch-black room. Within this game, we lost half the players.
Game 4: Marbles
With this series, we all had the fear that at one point out favourites would be pitted against each other but not this early! Asked to pair up the players thought they would be playing together in teams like the last game, but that was not the case.
In the game of Marbles, the pairs were left to decide for themselves what game they wanted to play, with the loser being eliminated!
Probably one of the hardest games to watch as most pairs were playing a game of chance. If you were anything like us, we were hoping there was going to be another twist where some of the characters would survive in pairs but instead, we lost some big players and learned who were not to be trusted.
Having two games back-to-back where we lost half the players each time really helped keep the momentum of the story.
Game 5: Glass Bridge
To start this horrifying game of chance, the players had to pick their order, before knowing what the game was which led to a very tense moment where Gi Hun, almost went first. His indecisiveness helping him hugely here.
The aim of this game is for the remaining players to make their way across the glass bridge hopping from glass square to glass square, hoping to land on the tempered glass, rather than the normal glass which would break instantly sending them plummeting to their death.
Again, set in a pitch-black room with a few lights this game was intense! But it did however whittled the players down to three and showed Sang-woo’s ‘do anything for the money’ character again.
The added glass blasts at the end of the game also added an extra twist of tension as front runner Sae-byeok got severely injured.
Game 6: The Squid Game
With only two players left after Sang-woo eliminated Sae-byeok with a dinner knife, it was on to the final game and namesake of the series, Squid Game.
This game is divided into attacker (Gi-hun) and defender (Sang-woo). The attackers’ objective is to reach the “home” square marked on the opposite side of the field, while the defender’s purpose is to block them and push them out to win.
However, let’s be honest we saw very little gameplay as it ended up in a fight between the two finalists. The end of the game was gripping to watch, particularly with the knives in play and Gi-huns indecisive personality. Just as we think it’s all over, rather than putting his foot in the home square Gi-hun tries to get an injured Sang-woo to walk away from the game so they can both survive, giving up on the money.
But it a massive twist Sang-woo picks up the knife from the floor and instead of killing Gi-hun, like we anticipated, he kills himself. This was a great call from writer Hwang Dong-hyuk as it was unexpected and gave us a little extra from Sang-woos character. However, we can’t help but think that maybe it would have been a bigger twist if Sang-woo did kill Gi-Hun and won the games as no one was routing for him.
What do you think about our thoughts on the players and games within Squid Game? Let us know in the comments below.
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Read IMDB information about Squid Game HERE.
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