‘The Karate Kid’ definitely was among my favorite childhood movies. It has to be one of the best underdog films ever made.
The 1984 film had two direct sequels that came out in 1986 and 1989. Then in 1994, a soft reboot titled ‘The Next Karate Kid’ came into existence; followed by a full reboot in 2010 that starred Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Needless to say, the first and the original one has always remained my favorite.
Despite of being a fan, I absolutely had no idea that a Karate Kid spin-off was coming, until I saw this promotional video for the series.
As soon as I watched this prank video, and came to know about the film’s sequel series; I was like, “Nooooo! Why do they have to ruin every classic.” I mean, that’s what always happens, right? They pick a good old stuff and turn it into a disaster, ruining your childhood memories. And I really thought that’s what is going to happen with this series as well.
I was wrong.
The first episode of the original series by YouTube Red titled ‘Cobra Kai’ dropped on the video-sharing platform on May 2nd. Well, I wasn’t really super excited or anything because like I said earlier, I thought it was going to be bad. But I still watched it, simply because the first two episodes of the 10-episode season were free to watch on YouTube.
The first episode started with a little flashback from the the 1984 film. It’s December 19, 1984 – the day when the All Valley Under-18 Karate Tournament – took place. The final fight is between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). An injured Daniel – whose knee got hurt by an illegal attack by Bobby Brown – delivers a blow to Johnny’s head using only one leg, called the Crane kick, to win the fight and the tournament.
Cut to now, after 34 years, Johnny is struggling to make a living as a handyman while Daniel is a successful businessman.
The first thing about the series that made me happy was its cast. It’s good to see the two actors – Macchio and Zabka – back playing the characters they are still famous for. There are some new teenage actors who, too, are impressive in their roles.
Once the 27-minute episode was over, I wanted to see the second episode as well – which I did. And then, I totally started digging the series. So glad, I hadn’t used my one-month free subscription of YouTube Red yet as in order to watch the remaining eight episodes, I needed to subscribe to the service. Didn’t take me long to do so.
In next four hours, I binge-watched the entire series; and I loved it. No wonder the series has a whopping 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 9.2 on IMDB (as of May 10).
They haven’t yet announced anything about the second season yet, but I am pretty sure the series will return as the first season had an interesting ending that makes me look forward to more.
Short story long, if you haven’t watched ‘Cobra Kai’, go for it. You won’t regret.
Here, let me just put the first two episodes right here for you.