I didn’t know I needed a sequel to the story of the Karate Kid, but holy shit is this show amazing. Pre-pandemic, I heard a lot of great things about the series and how good it was, but rn it’s a salve that feels good to binge.
Nothing feels faked or forced. You get the feeling that these characters come fully formed, you can empathize with how messed up the unresolved traumas from growing up come back with a vengeance in middle-age, and how much more complex the world has become since the simplistic narrative world of the 1980s. Lifetime bans… how long is a lifetime, really? How twisted and strange do family dynamics strain in real life? I think the most surprising thing about Cobra Kai is how they maintain the fragile balance between making the world of their show feel super real and relevant, and at the same time, keeping a back foot firmly planted on its backstory.
It’s streaming on Netflix and if you haven’t seen it, you should. And if you won’t see it, I’m guessing you just don’t like good things.