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Cobra Kai (Season 1) - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
May 12, 2018 - 4:14:05 PM

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Cobra Kai (Season 1)

The Karate Kid Saga Continues

34 after a crushing defeat, the star pupil of a closed karate dojo seeks redemption by reopening it. In so doing he reignites a rivalry with a now successful high school foe who is having trouble maintaining balance in his life without the guidance of his sensei.

Johnny Lawrence is the former star student of the Cobra Kai karate dojo who is down on his luck and decides to restart the Cobra Kai dojo with the hope of giving his life a sense of purpose. Daniel LaRusso is the two time winner of the All Valley Karate Tournament who now owns his own luxury car dealership called LaRusso Auto, but is struggling to keep balance in his successful life. Robby Keene is Johnny’s estranged son who has decided to work at Daniel’s dealership with the intent of angering his father, but soon becomes a student of Daniel’s Miyagi inspired karate. Miguel Diaz is a bullied high school student who begins to learn karate under the tutelage of Johnny to defend himself against the bullies. Samantha LaRusso is Daniel’s daughter who has lost interest in karate but is in the midst of starting a relationship with one of the students of Cobra Kai which she fears will disappoint her father.

Cobra Kai is one of the best surprises of this year in terms of new series based on cinematic franchises. The beauty of this series is that it continues the story of the original films with a view on how losing has impacted the life of one of the villains. It is also successful in re-establishing the teacher/student relationship dynamic that has always been the foundation of the franchise. William Zabka and Ralph Macchio are able to give great performances in roles they have not portrayed in years and the young talents of Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser and Tanner Buchanan give a modern edge to this timeless story. Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg should feel proud of the their ability to make this continuation of the mythology work on different levels for different generations of viewers. I was expecting to series to be a bunch of 30 minute takes on the music video Sweep the Leg by No More Kings or the running gag started by the Barney Stinson character on the tv show How I Met Your Mother, but this Youtube Red production found the right balance between comedy and drama. The first couple episodes are a bit shaky but once this series finds its balance it delivers a binge watch worthy inaugural season. I am really looking forward to the second season of this series to see where they choose to take the characters and their shifting relationships. I rate the first season of this series a rating of 4 out of 5.



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