I knew, three years ago, when it was first announced, that I’d likely enjoy the YouTube Red original series Cobra Kai. I mean, it’s all about The Karate Kid characters Johnny (William Zabka) and Daniel (Ralph Macchio) 34 years after their tournament fight. And I loved that film (and its first sequel) growing up.
The problem? I didn’t have YouTube Red and wasn’t going to start paying for it. We already were paying for enough streaming content and I wasn’t going to pay for another for a single series.
So I waited... and waited... and waited... season two came out... YouTube closed up their original series production studios... Cobra Kai was sold to Netflix and season three was scheduled.
Katie and I finally started watching it a couple nights ago and dug it for the nostalgia factor. But it was also funny. And heartfelt. And had decent enough acting. It makes a lot of modern-day parallels to the old movies but stands on its own.
It took a few days, but we finished season one.
Then we tore through season two at a breakneck pace. We’re watching the final couple episodes right now.
I truly love having Johnny as a focal character. I enjoy seeing that side of him that was promised jokingly in How I Met Your Mother. He’s so much more than the movies let him be.
I really can’t wait to start season three and see where it goes after that.