youtube originals free

YouTube is living up to its promise to make all its YouTube Originals free. Starting this September, YouTube Originals like Cobra KaiImpulseStep Up: High WaterMind Field, Foursome, and more will be available to stream to non-paying viewers. However, YouTube Premium subscribers will still enjoy the better viewing experience.

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Cobra Kai season 3

The showrunners and stars of YouTube’s hit Karate Kid sequel television series Cobra Kai appeared at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 to talk about the future of the franchise, and the biggest news to come out of the panel is that Cobra Kai season 3 will see Daniel LaRusso return to Okinawa, Japan, following the path of the Karate Kid Part II. Read on to discover what we learned from the panel discussion. Read More »

Cobra Kai comic book

The YouTube Premium original series Cobra Kai has been continuing a story that first got underway back in 1984 with The Karate Kid, depicting the ongoing rivalry between Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) decades after they clashed as teenagers. Daniel was the protagonist of that original movie and Johnny was depicted as a villain, but what if the story is more complicated than that?

A new Cobra Kai comic book intends to explore that question by giving Johnny Lawrence his own Maleficent moment, retelling the events of The Karate Kid through his eyes instead of Daniel’s. Learn more about the upcoming comic below. Read More »

cobra kai season 3

YouTube just can’t get enough of the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai. Season 2 has only been available for about a week, but the streaming platform has already ordered Cobra Kai season 3. In addition to this news, YouTube has also announced that it will make all of its YouTube Premium originals – including Cobra Kai – free to watch with ads later this year.

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Now that Cobra Kai season two is out, there are some major episodes that warrant spoiler discussions. The cast and creators of Cobra Kai were happy to discuss those episodes as long as the stories ran after the season premiered and we include the spoiler warnings. So this one includes spoilers for episode six. Make sure you’ve seen episode six by the time you read this story, and we won’t spoil anything in episode seven or beyond.

Still: spoilers ahead.

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With its second season, Cobra Kai does two things most viewers might not expect from a straight-to-YouTube Karate Kid sequel: it delivers stakes as high as Game of Thrones’, and it establishes Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as one of the most fascinating and complicated characters since the likes of Walter White.

First: this is a spoiler review, so we’re going to get into some season-long reveals here. If you want a spoiler-free review, I wrote up the first two episodes out of SXSW here.

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Cobra Kai season 2

Season 2 of Cobra Kai delivered a lot of what fans were hoping for, and plenty of surprises. We want to talk about all of it, but we don’t want to spoil it for anyone. So definitely don’t read this until you’ve finished the season finale of Cobra Kai. But when you see one of the payoffs in the season finale, you might be interested to know that a certain fight was even longer on the set.

Spoilers for Cobra Kai’s season two finale follow.

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If you’ve made it to the end of Cobra Kai season two, you’ve probably got as many questions as we did about where it leaves things off. The creators and stars of the show answered some of those questions, under the condition that the stories ran after the season premiered and with lots of spoiler warnings.

So this story addresses a lot of the events of Cobra Kai’s second season finale. Don’t read this until you’ve finished the new season of Cobra Kai.

Major spoilers follow.

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Cobra Kai season 2 trailer

The trailers for season two of Cobra Kai showed some fighting in the high school, but the full melee happens in the season finale. It is an epic battle worth discussing in-depth, but since it’s the season finale we want to avoid spoilers for people who haven’t seen the episode yet.

So make your way to the end of Cobra Kai season two on YouTube. We expect you’ll be blown away by the climax in the school. After you’ve seen it, the creators and cast of Cobra Kai spoke to /Film about how they pulled off that incredible finale.

Major spoilers ahead.

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Mary Mouser Interview

The new generation of teen characters on Cobra Kai informed a lot of what the Karate Kid characters have become. Johnny Lawrence wanted to train bullied kids like Miguel, Eli and Aisha. Daniel LaRusso has been training Johnny’s estranged son Robbie (Tanner Buchanan) while his own daughter Samantha, played by Mary Mouser, finally decided to pick up Karate at the end of season one.

Season two of Cobra Kai has as much drama with the younger cast as it does with the Karate Kid veterans. Samantha and Miguel broke up when Miguel got too aggressively into Cobra Kai. She’ll be training with Robbie under her father’s Miyagi-Do style, and can’t stay out of her father’s rivalry with Johnny.

Mouser spoke with /Film by phone before the second season of Cobra Kai. She told us about training for the second season in some unexpected styles, as well as Samantha’s romantic leanings and taking on the Karate Kid mantle. Season two of Cobra Kai premieres on April 24 on YouTube Premium.

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