Cobra Kai is an action-fiction series that released initially on YouTube premium in May of 2018. But, it was snapped up by Netflix and made its appearance in August of 2020, increasing its popularity massively! Becoming the most-watched show on Netflix from August 27th to September 2nd. This show is a huge hit! Here’s our review of Cobra Kai season 2.
Backstory to Cobra Kai
The Karate Kid movie was released in 1984. Starring Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi, William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence and Martin Kove as John Kreese.
The movie is about a 17 year old boy who moves to Reseda in California with his mother.
The conflict between Daniel and Johnny begins when Daniel befriends Johnny’s ex-girlfriend, Ali. Mr Miyagi starts to teach Daniel karate after making a deal with their merciless sensei. The two attend the All-Valley Karate Championships, where Daniel wins, defeating Johnny.
The movie was such a hit that The Karate Kid 2 and 3 were later released.
Cobra Kai is based on The Karate Kid, 34 years later where Daniel LaRusso is now 51, married and has two kids.
Cobra Kai season one recap
Season 1 focused more on Johnny Lawrence. This came as a surprise to many viewers since the movies that lead up to the series were all about Daniel LaRusso. The audience of the show were able to see Johnny in a different light. Realising that maybe he wasn’t the bully after all as he got to explained his side of the story.
Daniel LaRusso owns a successful car dealership, while Johnny is struggling to make a living as a handyman. Johnny is fired from his job and when struggling to avoid all advertisements from Daniel LaRusso’s car dealership he meets a young boy called Miguel. Miguel inspires him to open his own karate dojo, becoming his very first student.
Cobra Kai season two overview
The season 2 of Cobra Kai focuses on the new rivalry between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do, not only between Johnny and Daniel, but their students, too.
The season ends with all students going back to school after summer break where a huge fight breaks out. The fight ends when Miguel gets severely hurt after being pushed off the second floor by Robby, Johnny’s son. Leaving viewers speechless and desperate to find out what happens next.
Cobra Kai season two review
To be honest I wasn’t very familiar with The Karate Kid movies. Cobra Kai grabbed my attention due to its popularity on Netflix. Once I started to watch the first episode I couldn’t stop watching. After finishing both seasons I began to watch all The Karate Kid movies to learn more about the story and now I can’t stop watching, it’s addictive!
I was surprised at how amazing the story is and wished I would have watched sooner. The show is spectacular and it’s amazing how after so many years the characters from The Karate Kid were still portrayed perfectly. None, so far, were replaced with different actors and the new characters added to the show fit into the story well.
Although it’s unfortunate that Mr. Miyagi didn’t get to make an appearance, due to the actor passing away in 2005. But it was heartwarming that the show still mentions him and continues his memory.
I feel the episodes could be a little longer or more episodes could be included in each season. A lot of ground was not yet covered and although it may be in season three, fans have to wait almost a whole year for it. Overall entertaining, but a little shy on season one.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10
Cobra Kai season three speculation
Many questions were left unanswered in season two. Hopefully when season three arrives they will all be answered. Many fans are coming up with their own theories for season three and some are extremely believable.
Since Miguel was left unconscious, fans are wondering if he’ll be okay and still be able to walk again, let alone do karate. Lots of fans think he’ll be just fine thanks to a familiar person… Ali! Who is now a doctor and even requested to be friends with Johnny on FaceBook, teasing an appearance from Elisabeth Shue.
Tory is a very mysterious character since not much is known about her. She seemed to appear out of nowhere. Some fans are speculating that she may be the daughter of Terry Silver, an enemy of Daniel LaRusso from The Karate Kid 3 movie.
Finally, in the end of season two Johnny ended up losing Cobra Kai to John. Could this mean that Johnny is going to join Miyagi-Do or once again going alone?
What did you think of Cobra Kai season 2? Are you looking forward to season 3? What do you think will happen? Let us know in the comments below.
Read our Cobra Kai Season One review HERE.
Read IMDB information about Cobra Kai HERE.
Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
Read our Loki episode five review HERE.
Read IMDB information about Loki HERE.
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