The one returning Karate Kid cast member we didn’t get to interview during the lead-up to season one of Cobra Kai was Martin Kove. That’s because he was a surprise in the very last scene of the season finale. Now that he’s a regular for season two, Kove was available to talk about Cobra Kai and the Karate Kid legacy.
The return of John Kreese was just as surprising to Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who believed that Kreese was dead. Now season two can explore how Johnny can turn Cobra Kai around when the worst influence of all returns to exert his chokehold over the dojo.
Kove spoke with /Film by phone before the season premiere of Cobra Kai. All 10 episodes of Cobra Kai season two premiere on YouTube Premium on Wednesday, April 24.
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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 »
Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) may have the one who swept Daniel LaRusso’s (Ralph Macchio) leg in The Karate Kid, but John Kreese was the one who told him to do it.
The original Cobra Kai sensei played by Martin Kove was the cruel karate master who preached “no mercy” to the bullies in the Karate Kid series, but perhaps mercy is what we’ll feel toward John Kreese when Cobra Kai season 2 is over.
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The ruthless and stoic John Kreese was one of the main villains in 1984’s The Karate Kid, and 35 years later, actor Martin Kove will be reprising that role once again on the YouTube Red series Cobra Kai. A new report says Kove has officially joined the Cobra Kai season 2 cast as a series regular. Read more about his character below. Read More »
Cobra Kai never dies!
Good news: Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence will return to continue the story of this Karate Kid sequel series as YouTube has officially picked-up Cobra Kai for a second season. The first season of Cobra Kai made its debut on YouTube Red only a week ago, but the show has been met with wide acclaim. Below, learn more about Cobra Kai season 2, including what the second season could be about.
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