Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) was the villain of The Karate Kid. Sure, he had a bad influence in John Kreese (Martin Kove), but Johnny was the one Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) had to defeat at the All Valley Karate Tournament. Cobra Kai reinvented the movie series with Johnny as the hero, or at least a co-protagonist with a middle-aged Daniel.
The final scene of season one showed the return of John Kreese, so fans have spent all year wondering how Johnny is going to deal with his old sensei returning. Johnny is trying to turn Cobra Kai into a good influence on teenaged students. Meanwhile, he’s also got students who’ve already taken “no mercy” too far in the 2018 All Valley Tournament, and he’s estranged from his own son Robbie (Tanner Buchanan).
Zabka spoke with /Film by phone before the premiere of Cobra Kai’s second season. We spoke about some of the new things we learn about Johnny this season and some of the big picture Karate Kid questions all the fans have. Cobra Kai returns at 12:01AM ET Wednesday, April 24 on YouTube Premium.
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The Karate Kid is one of the most beloved sports movies of all time, and like many properties from the 1980s, it made a modern comeback in the form of a new television series. Cobra Kai follows the exploits of a grown-up Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who still have some bitterness between each other after their famed karate tournament match-up in the 1984 film. But for those of you who may not be as familiar with the drama and tension of this rivalry, ESPN has given the 1984 All-Valley Karate Championships a 30 for 30 documentary short. Read More »
Ready for more Cobra Kai? The only real hit of the experiment known as YouTube Premium is coming back for a second season, continuing the story started back with the Karate Kid. Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso continue their apparently never-ending rivalry. Johnny wants to destroy Cobrai Kai, but as this trailer says, Cobra Kai will never die. Watch the Cobra Kai season 2 trailer below.
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Cobra Kai put YouTube Premium on the map with originals. The sequel to the Karate Kid films became a phenomenon when it premiered last year, and YouTube ordered a second season in the first week. Since then, YouTube decided to stop investing in original series. Now the second season of Cobra Kai is about to premiere and fans definitely want to know there will be more
Cobra Kai creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald were at WonderCon for Cobra Kai. The creators seemed to have it on good authority that YouTube is still behind Cobra Kai, and had some more teases for the upcoming season. Read More »
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 »
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 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 »
The first season of the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai on YouTube was a surprise hit. Fans of the original films starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka found themselves caught up in a bit of nostalgia, but also in the story of the next generation of karate kids that was much better than anyone thought it would be.
Now creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald are hard at work on the second season, and a Cobra Kai season 2 teaser video reveals a familiar set we’ll be spending plenty of time at. However, beware of a major spoiler for the end of the first season of Cobra Kai. Read More »
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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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Ready to be transported back to the world of The Karate Kid, but not willing to fork over the cash for a YouTube Red subscription? You’re in luck: the first two Cobra Kai episodes are available to watch now for free on YouTube. It’s a clever marketing ruse by YouTube to get new subscribers, but the Cobra Kai free episodes may actually convince you to buy into a whole new streaming service. Because critics are raving about the long-awaited sequel to the classic ’80s sports film.
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