Cobra Kai is back!

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Screen Capture: Martin Kove and William Zabka as John Kreese and Johnny Lawrence in "Cobra Kai."



Did you see the popular YouTube Red original series “Cobra Kai” is beck with its second season? Dropping on YouTube Wednesday, 24 April 2019, the ten-episode second season is available for subscribers to view in its entirety.

This second season, set 35 years after events depicted in the 1984 John G. Avildsen directed family action drama “The Karate Kid,” continues the story of a now middle-aged Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Daniel and Johnny were martial-arts rivals in the film. Decades later, they still have a strong rivalry.

Promotional poster
“Cobra Kai” promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb

SPOILER ALERT

If you have yet to see any one the second season episodes, please note there are spoilers in this article.

Nostalgia Works

The quality of the first season, dropping Wednesday, 2 May 2018, surprised everyone. The series plays on the nostalgic value of the film franchise very well. Because of how fans of the film franchise feel about the central characters, expectations were blown away. An aspect of the series that was expected is how the producers fully capitalised on incorporating appropriate flashback sequences from the films into the first season. The producers revised this pattern for the second season.

Further to Macchio and Lawrence nostalgically rekindling Daniel and Johnny, respectively, there are new characters which will resonate with younger viewers. For the second season, Xolo Maridueña, Courtney Henggeler, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Nichole Brown, Griffin Santopietro, Gianni Decenzo, Gabe Bowles, Owen Morgan, Cameron Markeles and Vanessa Rubio have all reprised their roles from the first season.

The closing scene in the season one finale should have raised eyebrows with people familiar with the film series. The introduction of John Kreese (Martin Kove) to the series should not have come as a huge surprise. Kreese was the Cobra Kai sensei in the first and third instalments of the film franchise.

Intense Rivalry

The rivalry seen in the film franchise carries over nicely to the series. Even though it is intense during the first season, the stakes are much higher in the second season episodes because Daniel has established his own karate dojo in direct competition to Cobra Kai. Will opening a new dojo prevent Cobra Kai’s influence from spreading to other areas of the San Fernando Valley?

Is there a trailer?

Will there be a third season?

If you recall, Cobra Kai was picked up for a second season a week after the first season dropped on YouTube Red. Because of this, it is not unreasonable to expect the same to occur with the third season announcement. How long do you think it will take for YouTube Red to announce the third season?

The series as not yet been picked up for a third season, but the likelihood of that not happening soon is highly remote. Mirroring the tail end of the first season finale, the second season closes with a nostalgically appropriate scene.

Screen Capture: "Cobra Kai."
Screen Capture: “Cobra Kai” Season Two finale.

In the closing scene of the second season finale, Johnny’s annoyance and anger with both himself and Kreese is readily apparent. Did you hear the notification sound emanate from his cell phone?

Rather than looking at the phone, Johnny tosses it away. Ali Mills Schwarber name is showing on the screen. She sent Johnny a Facebook friends request. In the Avildsen film, Ali Mills was played by Elisabeth Shue. In numerous scenes, there is references to Ali Mills. It would be nice if Shue reprised her role in the third season.

Do you think Shue will show up in the third season? Which direction, now that it appears Kreese has taken over as the Cobra Kai sensei, will the series take?

Final Thoughts

Cobra Kai is an exceptional series with strong characters and a discernible narrative. The characters are not two-dimensional and the narrative flows from episode to episode.

The series set in the San Fernando Valley. Cobra Kai accurately invokes the people of the valley perfectly. Consequently, it suggests the series producers have an interest in the area in which the series is set.