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Cobra Kai Season 2 – Review

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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.

***SPOILERS***


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.

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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review

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Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!

Alliance

Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.

This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.

Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.

Shades of grey

This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.

With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.

This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.

New champions

Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.

Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10


Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


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