The original Karate Kid may be my number one nostalgic movie in the world, and that is the main reason I knew I would have to watch the dramatic conclusion to Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence’s feud. That is, until I watched the first episode and realized it is a very new beginning. A new beginning that may change how you feel about the original tale.
[**WARNING: SPOILERS FOR COBRA KAI BELOW!]
You know what I hate? Car commercials where a very loud salesman says cheesy things. Meet the adult version of Daniel LaRusso. These scenes play as we see a distraught Johnny Lawrence having a terrible day. By the looks of him, he’s had many. This begins the new perspective of these two nostalgic characters. Daniel has led a very successful life while Johnny hasn’t. When the two characters are brought together because of a fender bender, things get really awkward.
In all the years that I watched and watched The Karate Kid, I never thought in a million years that I might feel sympathetic for Johnny Lawrence. That all changed with Cobra Kai. After the first two episodes, I’m hooked. I think that’s where the major appeal is going to come into play. Also, the youth in the show being exposed to karate as a way to cope with society and bullying is something that isn’t seen too much. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. The good thing is, episodes 1 and 2 and available to stream for free on Youtube. The rest require a subscription to Youtube Red, but you can sign up to get a month for free. Trust me, I’m thinking this show is going to be very binge-able.
Check out the trailer here: