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'Cobra Kai' Can Be a Rising Show on Netflix

Ryan Beltran

Posted on September 6, 2020 16:35

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The recent move of 'Cobra Kai' to Netflix on Aug. 28 can be the big break the show needed to get itself into the television mainstream landscape.

The Karate Kid spin-off digital series Cobra Kai, which was previously streamed on YouTube Red, recently premiered on Netflix on Aug. 28 and is currently No.1 on Netflix's trending list. Even though the show has built a solid niche fan base since its release in 2018, a move to Netflix was an understandable one to try to attract a more massive audience.

Although Cobra Kai lacks seriousness and is a bit childish at times with its throwback 1980's influence, it still delivers a charismatic heartfelt story about a struggling middle-aged man trying to find a meaningful purpose in life; which is why it deserves to be viewed by more people on an extensive platform like Netflix.

Cobra Kai stars William Zabka and the original Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio and takes place around 30 years after the original film's timeline. Zabka plays Johnny Lawrence, the infamous bully of Daniel Larusso (played by Ralph Macchio), and the show centers around Johnny's life in the present day.

In the beginning, we are introduced to Johnny Lawrence, a lonely bitter man in a downhill trend in his life with almost nothing to be proud of. A far cry from his wealthy life in his teen years, Johnny lives in a cheap apartment complex in Los Angeles while also struggling to have a positive relationship with his estranged son Robbie. As Johnny is about to hit his breaking point in the early parts of season one, he is forced to use karate to defend a defenseless teenage boy, Miguel Diaz, from being bullied by a group of other teens at Miguel's school. Ultimately, this event leads Johnny to open up his own karate dojo and teach karate to a bullied kid struggling to find strength in himself. 

Throughout the remainder of the show's two seasons, we see Johnny form an unexpected bond with Miguel and also see Johnny's original resentful outlook in life slowly progress into a more positive demeanor as he sees success in this path he decides to take. The show advances the story at a great pace as each episode is about 30 minutes long and the writers make almost all the scenes, characters, soundtrack, etc. incredibly effective in advancing the story.

Overall, the show is able to turn Johnny into an imperfect protagonist with a mix of sympathetic to negative flaws that you never really saw in the Karate Kid and helps viewers connect and understand the human side of Johnny's character.

All in all, while Cobra Kai is possibly not for certain types of people, if you can leave off some of the cheesy teen drama plots and the unrealistic action scenes, the central focus on Johnny Lawrence's character and the positive influence he sends to his students are the main reasons why this show should gain more attention to a larger audience.    

Ryan Beltran

Posted on September 6, 2020 16:35

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Source: HuffPost

"Cobra Kai," the "Karate Kid" show, is the most popular thing on Netflix right now.

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