Kicking Off the New Year Right

Kicking Off the New Year Right

Parker Wilson, Reporter

This year, Netflix decided to send off 2020 with a bang.

As far as last year went, it’s safe to say that nobody’s year was…well, perfect. But for a new year’s surprise, Netflix releasing the 3rd season of Cobra Kai on the 1st of January was one small step in the right direction.

As far as the show itself, I can certainly say that the series continues to live up to The Karate Kid name. Being an avid fan of 80’s movies myself, watching Cobra Kai with my Dad has been one of my favorite pastimes.

When the second season ended in a cliffhanger, many were anxious to find out what had become of main character, Miguel Diaz, played by Xolo Maridueña. After the gruesome karate fight that ended with Diaz falling off of a school balcony and injuring his back, as well as his passion for Karate, many were invested to learn about what happens next. The incident sent his coach, Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka, on a rocky, booze-filled run to fix things, while long-time foe and All-Valley Karate Champion, Daniel Larusso (AKA the original Karate Kid played by Ralph Macchio), put a halt on his dojo, to focus on his family and business.

SEASON 3 SPOILERS AHEAD!

Season 3, in turn, picks up where we left off, with Miguel Diaz in a coma and Johnny Lawrence sitting in a jail after causing yet another fight in a bar. As Miguel fights for life, Johnny and Daniel launch a one on one search party for Robby, the kid responsible for Miguel’s accident, and Johnny’s son. Little did they know, they’d have even bigger problems on their hands, with John Kreese (Johnny’s former sensei in The Karate Kid), running Cobra Kai and starting a war with all kids involved.

Eventually, Robby was found and Miguel finally woke up, enabling Johnny to make a new promise to help Miguel regain control of what he had lost. In order to stop Kreese, Daniel takes a trip back to Okinawa, Japan for help from an old friend… and an old enemy. But when he returned, he found that Kreese had taken in Robby, and things were only going to get worse, prompting Daniel and Johnny to bring back their dojo’s and take down Cobra Kai once and for all. With Miguel back on his feet, Johnny and Daniel make a final decision for the better: teaming up. With kids from Cobra Kai coming to their senses, and more coming to join, it seems they may have a final chance to fight Cobra Kai, leaving another cliffhanger for the season finale.

After binging the show more than once, I’m happy to say that it has quickly become one of my favorite shows. It is definitely worth the watch if you’re looking for some nostalgia and action with your nightly watch. And with reviews pouring in, I’d say I’m not the only one who thinks so, but I’ll leave that up to you to decide.