‘Cobra Kai’ (Season 1) TV Show Review: Always Strike First

“Fear does not exist in this dojo”

This is how you bring back a classic! Cobra Kai is an action-packed, comedic, well-executed drama that succeeds at most levels as a TV show.

This is a love letter to the fans of the original Karate Kid but even if you don’t have a history with this series it’s still incredibly easy to dive right into.

Overview

Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) former All Valley Karate Tournament champion was dethroned in 1984 by Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). Now 30 years later, Lawrence has been down on his luck since his high school days.

However, that all changes when he notices his neighbor Miguel, getting bullied, and comes to his aid. After, Lawrence decides he needs to stop sulking and is inspired to bring back one of the most infamous dojos ever.

Nothing Is Black and White

This show is filled to the brim with lessons and no one is without error. Generally in a feature its quickly established who the audience should root for. We are given our “hero” and we spend the show generally watching them overcome their adversary.

What I think the story wants to tell its audience is that people can and will change. Lawerence isn’t the same man he was when he went for LaRusso’s weak spot when they were teenagers.

LaRusso isn’t the same person from before either he’s allowed that event in high school to affect the rest of his life. So much so that the audience can see how his wife has begun to be more than annoyed by it.

Invigorating Action!

For years karate has been pretty much absent from the cinema and television. So to bring it back out of nowhere while making it exciting to watch is surprising to say the least.

From time to time I found myself getting out of my seat when someone was hit. Audiences will feel engaged and the cameramen do not shy away from the action.

Why stay silent?

Easily one of the most frustrating things is that certain issues aren’t resolved for episodes at a time because a character won’t speak up. It’s needless drama and it doesn’t feel like it would happen in a real-life situation.

For most, if they are accused of something that isn’t true they’re going to have a rebuttal ready. However, throughout the show’s first season events like this occur quite a few times where someone allows others to believe a lie.

Conclusion

I for one thought the universe of The Karate Kid had been concluded years ago. However, I was wrong and I couldn’t be more happy to say that. In many ways I believe Cobra Kai has surpassed its source material.

Pure heroes and villains are something of fairy tales at the end of the day we are all just people. This is the message that the show tried to shove down your throat and it does it well!

Compliments to the camera work because action films and shows suffer when they don’t capture the battle. The Transformers series for example doesn’t capture most of the action. With so many cuts its confusing to know what exactly is going on.

Throughout the season you’ll see devastating takedowns that’ll make you jump out of your seat. The fighting really is all that you can ask for at the end of the day.

Finally, the biggest issues this show has is concerning its story. Many situations could’ve been solved at an earlier time if people would just communicate. It becomes frustration very early on and doesn’t really get better until the end.

Verdict 8 out of 10 Stars

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