In June 1984, the film “The Karate Kid” graced the big screen with its catchy one-liners. The film was a massive success earning $90 million, which, of course, led to numerous sequels. So when Cobra Kai, a new reboot for the series, was announced, it was met with the same excitement as the “Rosanne” comeback.
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It was announced that Cobra Kai would appear exclusively on YouTube Red, a platform that YouTube hopes will eventually replace traditional television shows. After much delay, the first two episodes of Cobra Kai are ready for viewing free to the public, regardless if they have YouTube Red.
The entire season is now available for those who do have YouTube Red. The show has been receiving solid reviews with many viewers seemingly happy that homage is being paid to the original movies.
“Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Johnny Lawrence’s life has taken a rocky turn as he tries to forget a past that constantly haunts him. He seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. But the LaRusso-Lawrence rivalry of yesteryear is reignited when their lives become intertwined with the next generation of “karate kids,” the synopsis published on YouTube read.
Ralph Macchio and William Zabka have both reprised their iconic 80s roles for the reboot. Sadly though, Pat Morita, the actor who played Mr. Miyagi, passed away from natural causes at the age of 73 in November 2005.
Cobra Kai is a direct continuation of the previous films and will be around 30 minutes long per episode. It would appear that the new show looks to rehash the age-old rivalry between Lawrence and LaRusso. For those who wanted to see more of Johnny Lawrence in the original movies, Cobra Kai is the answer.
“If The Karate Kid was Daniel’s story, Cobra Kai is equal parts Daniel and Johnny’s story,” Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global Head of Originals, told the New York Post in 2017. This year has been great for comebacks, and from the reviews so far, it seems Cobra Kai will be another successful reboot this year.
Check out the full first episode below.