Cobra Kai
May 4, 2018 10:21 PM - Subscribe

The two episodes are free on YT. After watching, YouTube Red just got the most unlikely new customer. ‎Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from 1984's The Karate Kid. It's 34 years later. It's underdog vs asshole once again. Or is it? Peppered with clips from the original movie and sequel, the themes are familiar but jumbled and amusing, and contrasted with more modern themes. Kept me smiling the whole time. Looks to be ten half-hour episodes. This is one of the most clever reboots I've seen. Nostalgic, yet fresh. Will likely binge watch this weekend if I can get out of some grubby work.
posted by 2N2222 (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I just heard about this last week, I am 100% into it!
posted by rhizome at 10:52 AM on May 6, 2018

Well worth the time, and for me, at least, well worth the hassle of having to remember to unsubscribe from YouTube Red at the end of the month.

I'm still going back and forth over whether what I'm seeing in the main characters (both the teens and the middle-aged parents) is character depth or inconsistency; Maybe it's a little of both. But both William Zabka and Ralph Macchio do *really* good work here. I honestly was more surprised at how good Macchio was. There's that line between sincerity and cornball/decency and tackiness that he (and the writers, and production design) really hit just right.
posted by pykrete jungle at 4:20 PM on May 6, 2018

This turned out so much better than I ever would have expected.
posted by JDHarper at 8:54 PM on May 6, 2018

Well done. Hits all of my 80s kid buttons.
posted by davidmsc at 10:48 PM on May 6, 2018

The Firebird is the perfect car metaphor for Johnny. Hot in its prime, fallen on hard times of late, showing its age all around.
posted by dr_dank at 3:11 AM on May 14, 2018 [1 favorite]

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