Cobra Kai: All Valley
May 20, 2018 9:34 PM - Season 1, Episode 7 - Subscribe

When Johnny learns Cobra Kai is banned from the All Valley Tournament, he faces the City Council. Miguel asks Samantha out. Robbie takes lessons from Daniel, just as his buddies plot a heist from LaRusso Auto.

Decider: But again, from underneath a pile of Coors Banquet bottles and years of Kreese brainwashing, Johnny Lawrence is experiencing real, demonstrative change. Seeing him not immediately punch his problems is a huge step, yes. But Johnny’s real moment comes when, for the first time in seven episodes, he voices out loud the fact that he’s not running a dojo for violent ruthless badasses. “My Cobra Kai is different,” he says. “It’s a place where kids can come and feel like they belong.”
“Cobra Kai is making a difference in these kids’ lives,” Johnny continues, before finishing up with an admission everyone except himself could have seen this entire time: “And honestly, they’re making a difference in mine as well.”

In Which Miss Robinson Un-flinches a Group of Flinchers
posted by ActingTheGoat (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This training montage I'm not enamoured over, but I guess it was necessary to recapitulate Mr. Miyagi's training style (and Robby's eventual pushback) - and to show that Daniel has a jerk streak in him.

Miguel's montage showed him incrementally improving, whereas here, "one weird trick" makes Robby a karate expert. But the show winked and nudged at the audience a bit with a Robby's "Whoa." "I know Kung Fu."

I loved it that it was Aisha (and only Aisha) dishing out the face punches to everyone.

Lots of good writing/ acting/ directing; the look of resignation on the first kid's face awaiting getting punched. Johnny's throwaway line about "concussion nonsense." The throwaway about bleeders. "You mean hold it in [emotions]? I'll try." At least he's progressive enough to differentiate between "no means no" - "Yeah, if things are getting physical no means no. If you're just asking her out..." - well, which is still problematic, but I like Miguel's solution.

Johnny/ Zabka appealing to the Karate board deserves some awards.
posted by porpoise at 6:08 PM on May 21, 2018 [1 favorite]

I don't know, I kind of liked the call back to "wax-on, wax-off." Not least because it was clear Daniel had used the Miyagi method a time or two. I also liked the way it was kind of book-ended by the call back to the mini-golf scene from the movie.
posted by ob1quixote at 8:22 PM on July 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


We're on the same side =) Daniel carried out Miyagi mostly as a "frat history thing," really, I think.

Johnny just getting guys to clean out something felt a little more honest.

Both can be paths to conscientiousness.

But still, remembering when I first saw this, I thought that wax on/wax off was pretty bs. Some other exercise that helped bone density or something might have been more productive? The wo/wo back in the 80's was pretty offensive already.
posted by porpoise at 9:29 PM on July 26, 2018

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