Cobra Kai season 2 review

Viewers who were hoping to see Daniel-San crane kicking through Miyagi-do in the first season of Cobra Kai may have been disappointed. The YouTube original series from Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald wisely saved their most crowd-pleasing moments for the beginning of Season Two, after viewers were already in the bag. Season One of the Karate Kid sequel, set 34 years after the original film, focused instead on Daniel’s rival Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as he climbs out of a decades-long run of bad luck and worse decisions and re-opens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. On the other side of the San Fernando Valley, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is a happy husband and father and owner of a very successful car sales empire. But the season ends with Daniel’s determination to open a dojo of his own to combat Cobra Kai’s dominance – and just in time for the return of Johnny’s bad-news sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove).

It’s a clever move. After having earned accolades on the strength of its original story in the first season, Cobra Kai finally makes with the crane kicks in the opening episodes of Season Two, picking that low-hanging fruit and giving fans what they’ve been clamoring for since the beginning. The first two episodes of the sophomore season are such a good time, tossing around entertaining melodrama and heartwarming Miyagi nods in equal measure. Read More »

Cobra Kai season 2 trailer

Time marches on, but sometimes old wounds heal slowly.

The YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai re-ignited the rivalry from the 1984 movie The Karate Kid, and now Daniel and Johnny are facing off again in the second season, passing their martial arts knowledge to a younger generation but still dealing with plenty of bad blood of their own. Check out the new season 2 trailer below.
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Cobra Kai Season 2

Cobra Kai debuted on YouTube last summer, bringing back Ralph Macchio and William Zabka as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence in a way that finally wasn’t just a parody or passing reference to The Karate Kid. Instead, it was a full blown sequel series that came with a surprising amount of heart and hilarity.

Since Cobra Kai was such a big hit, a second season was ordered, but we haven’t seen much of what’s to come for Daniel and Johnny, their respective kids Samantha (Mary Mouser) and Robby (Tanner Buchanan), and Johnny’s protege Miguel (Xolo Maridueña). Thankfully, writer and executive producer Jon Hurwitz took to Twitter with some updates about the second season, including how many episodes fans will get, when they’ll get sneak peeks at the first episodes, the odds of seeing a third season, and how long they want to show to continue. Read More »

Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Season 2

YouTube original shows got a lot more publicity after Cobra Kai became the streaming platform’s big hit. The Karate Kid sequel series led to more high profile shows like Impulse, Origin, Wayne, and the upcoming Weird City from Jordan Peele. It also helped an earlier YouTube series, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes On Television, get a second season.

Ryan Hansen plays a caricature of himself, paired with a real cop (Samira Wiley in season 1, Wood Harris in season 2), while he’s still auditioning for acting roles in a Hamilton movie or Black Panther musical. Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes On Television breaks all the rules of narrative storytelling. Hansen records vertical selfie videos, breaks the fourth wall frequently, closes each episode on a three camera sitcom set with his “family,” and has tons of celebrity cameos. Dodgeball creator Rawson Marshall Thurber created Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television.

Season 1 is now free on YouTube to encourage people to get in on the joke. Thurber and Hansen spoke with /Film by phone about the new tricks in store for season 2, including a fake Party Down reboot called Party Up, and more cameos including Jillian Bell as a rival actor crime solver. Season 2 premieres Wednesday, January 30 on YouTube Premium.

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It turns out Spider-Man is feeling more than a little fine. The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer views broke Sony Pictures’ records for the most YouTube hits in its first 24 hours, making it the studio’s biggest digital launch ever since the record set by Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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wayne trailer

Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have a new streaming series premiering on YouTube Premium today, although they did not create Wayne. They are producing the half hour series for creator Shawn Simmons, and YouTube Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels calls the show “Dirty Harry in high school.”

Wayne (Mark McKenna) is a teenager heading south to recover his late father’s stolen ’78 Trans Am. Wherever he stops along the way, trouble seems to find Wayne, but he’s resourceful enough to get out of it and continue towards Florida.

Reese and Wernick spoke with /Film by phone before the holidays, when they also previewed Once Upon a Deadpool and the upcoming Zombieland sequel. At the time, they weren’t addressing the news they were attached to a Pirates of the Caribbean reboot, which has since been confirmed. Wayne premieres today on YouTube Premium.

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weird city trailer

Jordan Peele may be horror’s new favorite son, but the ever-busy writer/producer/director is finding ways to acknowledge his comedy roots. Jordan Peele and former Key & Peele writer Charlie Sanders teamed up to create the YouTube Premium series Weird City, a sci-fi anthology that brings the funny to futuristic dystopias. Set in a society where classes are starkly divided by the haves and have-nots, labeled in this case as “Above the Line” and “Below the Line,” Weird City stars LeVar Burton as a mad scientist who introduces all kinds of bizarre gadgets to better optimize love and life — to hilarious results according to the Weird City trailer.

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YouTube’s The Edge of Seventeen series has found its lead. Hunger Games star Isabelle Fuhrmann will take on the role of the awkward teen girl originated by Hailee Steinfeld in the 2016 coming-of-age fim. Joining Fuhrmann in The Edge of Seventeen YouTube series cast is Liana Liberato (Hulu’s Light as a Feather), who will play the best friend, Lou.

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Cobra Kai Trailer

The good news: starting next year, YouTube will pull all of its original content out from behind the Premium paywall, letting users enjoy an ad-supported version of shows like Cobra Kai. The bad news: this move also means that YouTube won’t be investing in as many scripted shows, instead focusing on reality-driven projects headlined by celebrities and YouTube stars.

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You know those “The Great Gatsby parties” that everyone throws that are only vaguely inspired by 1920s fashion and completely miss F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s whole message on decadence and the fallacy of the American dream? The upcoming YouTube Premium series, Gatz, is that, but worse.

This Great Gatsby origin series is being developed at YouTube Premium, which will reimagine the tragic figure in the Fitzgerald classic novel as a mixed-race man, based on some academic theories that posit that Jay Gatsby was mixed race. But because this is an origin story TV series, you can bet that this Jay Gatsby will at least be hot and young, and possibly solving mysteries.

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