Cobra Kai REVIEW


A lot of revivals and revisits have been happening in recent years. It's seen by many as "unoriginal" and "lazy" but what needs to be understood is that starting with the late 70's movies and television began having a more solid substance as far as extended story lines and world building. Sequels existed before but did not reach their full potential until the 70's with the Planet of the Apes series, Star Wars, the Star Trek films, Indiana Jones... The list goes on. Before then films and television did not require revivals because there wasn't as heavy of a fandom. So the continuation of stories from the those years may not be needed but, when executed well, are welcomed.


In that world of welcomed revivals is the return to the world of the Karate Kid but through the eyes of Johnny Lawrence. YouTube Red has not had much success with original programming, a division they seemed to make a mistake with by featuring popular YouTube stars in series that seemed hastily thrown together. A move that left a bad taste in the fans of those stars' mouth by ostensibly putting new content behind a paywall. 
As a subscriber to Google Music I got YouTube Red for free and enjoy it for it's commercial free videos but have never found anything worth bragging about when it came to programming until now. 


Cobra Kai is what YouTube Red should have led with. A series that within the first two episodes can go toe-to-toe with a Netflix or Hulu original. It pays respect to the original three films without ever making it feel like lip service or cheap. As I stated in the Super Trooper 2 review, often sequels lean to heavily on the crutch of the original but Cobra Kai is the complete opposite. The villain is now a lowly loser underdog and the hero is now a self righteous douche, both clinging so hard to the past that they can't see each other as anything more than the enemies they once were. This is a move that flips the dynamic on it's head but, I'd imagine, over the series will prove for both men that they have more in common than they think. The series hits the ground running and through a few flashbacks and a little character development to catch the audience up, by the end of episode one, you're in. I don't know how it will end but I already hold out hope for a second season.
The first two episodes of Cobra Kai are available now for free on YouTube and with a free month of Red you can burn through the other eight, as I plan to immediatly after posting this. If YouTube Red continues producing quality programming on the level as Cobra Kai they definitely will be able to give other streaming services a run for their money.



Posted on May 2, 2018 .