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Cobra Kai Season 1 – Review

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Season one of Cobra Kai is streaming on Netflix, here’s our review of the show.

It stars some of the actors who starred in the cult classic Karate Kid (1984). The cast includes Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso and Johnny Lawrence is played again by William Zabka. The new series introduced interesting characters. I was interested to know what their journey would be as it went on.

Season one provides backstory to some of the new faces in Cobra Kai. It starts by turning back the clock to the All Valley Karate tournament final before spinning forward to modern-day. We focus mostly on Johnny and the downward turn his life seems to have taken since that infamous crane kick.

The comedy balance is nice so I have to give a shout out to the writers for a job well done. I can sense that everyone had a fun time making this TV series.

There is no doubt Netflix saw something good in this when they picked up the rights from YouTube Red where it had been showing since 2018. As the number one streaming platform in the world, Netflix has exposed it to a much bigger audience.

The Karate Kid homage

Cobra Kai did something great in rejuvenating The Karate Kid from 1984. There were a number of scenes where they paid homage to the 80s classic. Most notably the school dance and final episode tournament.

On the downside, it can be a bit predictable in parts. But the cheesy side is what makes it a bit fun.

Don’t be surprised if even more 80s movies are rebooted into a series, Netflix may have found a winning formula. They can spawn a new generation of fans but also have a guaranteed audience from the first time around.

It’s impressive how Ralph Macchio and William Zabka were able to slip back into their roles alongside some new faces. The stand out new face is Miguel. Offering a similar ‘new kid in town’ back story Miguel is a good kid and ends up learning from Johnny flipping the 80’s narrative.

Going forward

There are rumours that Will Smith may make a cameo in this series at some point in the future since his production company is behind this. He was influential in the 2010 remake starring Jackie Chan.

There are ten episodes in season one so it’s super easy to binge it if you have Netflix and you’ve got some time on your hands.

Season two is also available with season three expected in 2021. It won’t be a surprise if Netflix renews this for several more seasons after that.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 8/10


And that’s our review of Cobra Kai Season One. What did you think of the show? Did you go straight to season two? Were you happy with how they continued the story from the original? Let us know in the comments below.


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Loki Episode 6 – Review

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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.

Loki fight

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.

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