Cobra Kai (2018– )
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Fire and Ice 

Daniel pulls out all the stops in an effort to recruit new students to Miyagi-Do Karate. Johnny reflects on some of the major relationships in his life and responds to Daniels promotional efforts with his own.

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Michael Grossman

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Robert Mark Kamen (based on the characters created by), Josh Heald (created for television by) | 7 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Daniel LaRusso
William Zabka ... Johnny Lawrence
Courtney Henggeler ... Amanda LaRusso
Xolo Maridueña ... Miguel Diaz
Tanner Buchanan ... Robby Keene
Mary Mouser ... Samantha LaRusso
Jacob Bertrand ... Hawk
Gianni Decenzo ... Demetri
Martin Kove ... John Kreese
Paul Walter Hauser ... Raymond
Nichole Brown ... Aisha
Dan Ahdoot ... Anoush
Aedin Mincks ... Mitch
Khalil Everage ... Chris
Christian Gabriel Anderson ... Paul
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Daniel pulls out all the stops in an effort to recruit new students to Miyagi-Do Karate. Johnny reflects on some of the major relationships in his life and responds to Daniels promotional efforts with his own.

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

24 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Johnny Lawrence: There's a lot of talk going around the Valley about free karate. But everyone knows that in life, you get what you pay for. You wanna really kick the competition?
[Johnny kicks a bonsai tree into pieces]
Johnny Lawrence: Then you need to get your ass over to Cobra Kai. Screw that lame meditation bullshit. What you need is bone-crunching, face-smashing, good ol' American karate.
[Johnny punches and elbows a body opponent bag]
Johnny Lawrence: Enough about self-defense. Learn self-offense. Don't be a pussy. Join Cobra Kai, and let ...
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Connections

References Mac and Me (1988) See more »

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Back in the Game
Written by Joel O'Keeffe and Ryan O'Keeffe
Performed by Airbourne
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a snake in the grass..
4 May 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Cobra Kai

The 80s hip and happening cultural shot gets a love letter it needs, not the one it deserves, though. The creators of this YouTube series are clearly fans of the characters and their legacy more than they are of the film itself. And that very passion of theirs is what drives the series and holds on to us even when the series tends to lean towards the cheesiest note of the storytelling. The romance between Ralph Macchio and William Zabka is turned to 11, and with no bars held and well justified deeds, these couple of hot heads surprisingly keeps offering us new profound information and tactics, to the skill they worship and live for. As much as three dimensional and absorbing these leads grow, the younger character are often under cooked.

They are the victim of a huge misunderstanding which, yes, usually can be the case among the virtual generation who are apparently highly sensitive and easily influenced in here, but overloading this very piece of note just seems like lazy writing. Another major friction in this spinning wheel, is the performance, with carrying absolute zero empathy in their actions, there is very little for us to care about in their well choreographed fights.

Also, the production seems either underfunded or has focused very less in details that makes it look sketchy along with loud incongruent background score that is not only off putting but often annoying. The storytelling is good if considered as a prime time news show but if scraped its surface and look deep into its structure, there is actually no rhythm or flow to the beat, it is good in parts just as their training is good in bits. Cobra Kai is a match to the Miyagi-Do, the dice has been rolled and no matter where it lands on, the game breathes 80s rock music, which could never be disappointing.

Season 02

With still the looks of an underfunded play and the references to appeal the teenagers, the effort of the creators is something that outweighs its flaws and fumbles, and no matter how much short handed the series may feel on performance level, the history of these characters that we have been part of, does make us groove.

Fire And Ice

The endorsement strategy is good, neither smart nor subtle, but the attempt to humiliate on a larger scale never communicates with the audience, the first fight grows numb but the tricks pulled out from the bag are distracting enough to make do.


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