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 »
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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Avengers: Infinity War was the culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies. That’s nothing. How about 34 years of The Karate Kid? The YouTube Red original series Cobra Kai premieres today and reunites Ralph Macchio and William Zabka as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.
Set 30 years after the All Valley Karate Tournament, in which amateur LaRusso won with a crane kick, Johnny’s not doing so well in this sequel series. He’s out of work, about to be evicted, and his car was totaled. When he defends a local kid from some bullies, he gets the idea to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo that taught him everything he knows about karate. But he wants do it right this time.
Zabka spoke with /Film by phone before the premiere of Cobra Kai (available today). We discuss some mild spoilers about the first two episodes but there is still plenty left to see in the rest of the season. Read More »
Cobra Kai is bringing the story of the Karate Kid into the 21st century, and the early buzz has begun to trickle online. Early Cobra Kai reviews are, as of now, overwhelmingly positive. It looks like the YouTube Red show might end up being a must-see.
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We’re closer than ever to Cobra Kai, the new YouTube Red series that continues the story started by The Karate Kid. While we all wait for the series to arrive in May, here are three more Cobra Kai trailers.
This footage introduces us to the new generation of Karate Kids: Sam, Daniel LaRusso’s daughter, Robby, Johnny Lawrence’s daughter, and the new kid who helps Johnny get Cobra Kai off the ground, Miguel.
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With March Madness stirring up sports fans, it’s the perfect time for YouTube’s upcoming Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai to make more people aware of the show’s existence.
Touting the karate tournament angle that was made so famous by The Karate Kid in 1984, a new promo shows plenty of punching and kicking. However, despite the teasers indicating a new confrontation between the film’s original stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, there’s no real fighting seen between the two. Instead, we see a new protege of the titular karate dojo fighting in competition. Read More »