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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


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Hawkeye Episode 6 – Review

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Episode six of Hawkeye from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the next chapter in the MCU story. Here’s our Hawkeye review.

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

The series so far has featured some really strong performances from its lead actors. Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld and Florence Pugh have done their best to pick up the slack from a weak plot and desperately slow placing. Any shortcomings of this series can definitely not be blamed on them in any way.

The bad guys

We had seen the mother of Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) in cahoots with Kingpin at the end of the penultimate episode. This means that Vincent D’Onofrio has fianlly made his entry in the MCU. Kate is devastated to learn that her mother is seemingly responsible for the plot to kill Clint Barton. But, as is always the way, there are unseen machinations meaning everything is not as it seems.

Kate attempts to defend her mother from Kingpin as Eleanor tries to extricate herself from the world of organised crime. But, we get a glimpse of his strength and power as he throws her around a New York toy store. Eleanor repays her daughter’s support by hitting him with her limousine, thus sparing Kate from his clutches. Kingpin is dealing with twin attacks. Echo seeks revenge for her father’s death by confronting him. She does this after killing her friend Kazi when he refuses to leave the seedy underworld they are both involved in.

Battle

All of this occurs after Eleanor’s swanky society party is ruined. Yelena is the culprit as she seeks her revenge on Hawkeye for the death of her sister, Black Widow, for which she blames Clint. He and Kate enlist the help of their new role-play friends to partially thwart her plans. However, Hawkeye, Kate and Yelena end up in a climactic fight in New York’s iconic Rockefeller Center. The famous Christmas Tree and the Ice Rink take a lifesaving role in proceedings.

Even Eleanor’s erstwhile fiancé Jack brings his swashbuckling fencing skills to proceedings. He stylishly deals with the supposed threat of The Tracksuit Mafia. He’s been a fairly perfunctory character in this series. Nonetheless, I enjoyed him being given something more to do than attempting to look suave and debonair.

As was inevitable, Yelena makes her peace with Clint. This reconciliation then paved the way for her to be part of The Avengers fold and follow in the footsteps of her late sister, Natasha. I’m particularly looking forward to the sisterly byplay between Kate and Yelena after the lovely chemistry we’ve seen in this series.

Off-screen action

Maya finally catches up with Kingpin and has him at her mercy. We hear a shot ring out but don’t see the body. It doesn’t take a Tony Stark-style genius to work out he’s almost certainly still alive. He will inevitably go on to reappear in the MCU at some point in the very near future, and I can’t wait!

Predictably, Clint makes it home for Christmas and takes Kate with him to meet his family. He sets fire to his Ronin suit but intriguingly gives his wife Laura something he retrieved, which turns out to be her S.H.I.E.L.D badge. We’ve not really explored much of Laura’s backstory to date, so her history as an agent is an exciting storyline to explore. Additionally, it opens up another avenue to keep Clint Barton in the MCU for a while longer yet.

This finale was really enjoyable and entertaining. But it simply adds to the frustration of how disappointing this series has been. If the rest of the series had even been half as good as this last episode was, then it would have been much less laborious to have watched.

Now what?

Marvel must think carefully about the balance they strike with these series. They are stuck between being a long-form way of introducing new characters into the MCU, and being something that should stand on its own merits. As it stands, these TV shows are simply there to feed the insatiable appetite that Marvel fans have for anything that features their favourite characters. While they may well have been fine up to now, with the phenomenal success of the MCU to date, they must not become complacent.

The MCU is starting to regenerate, as some of the original character’s arcs end. This needs to be mirrored in the fandom as Marvel will want to bring new generations of fans in, as some existing fans inevitably drift away. What they produce, whether on the big or small screen, must fulfil that need. While the production values of these series never drop below outstanding, the storytelling is definitely a source of concern.

Moon Knight, She-Hulk and Secret Invasion are going to be the first real tests of Phase Four of the MCU. As the novelty of having the Marvel world brought to the small screen in a dedicated way wears off, let’s hope they can meet those expectations.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 8/10


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