YouTube Red launched Cobra Kai on May 2nd, and already the streaming service has ordered a second season for the Karate Kid sequel.
I don’t know if you have had the chance to watch Cobra Kai in its intirety, but my oldest son and I blew through the series this past week and we both loved it for different reasons. The good thing is The Boy is already familiar with the original Karate Kid movie, and agrees with me that it is the best of all Karate Kid flicks, including the remake from Jackie Chan a few years ago.
Cobra Kai takes a look at Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) 34 years after the fateful (and illegal) kick to the face. Johnny is washed up and decides to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo, much do LaRusso’s dismay. The show has the right mix of nostalgia for the mid-80s while introducing a lot of new twists to the story. Yes, those who loved the original Karate Kid will notice all of the key moments from the movie being replayed in this series, but there is a different spin on each moment. Personally, I was thrilled and delighted with the show, and can’t wait to see what the creators have planned as a followup – especially with the jaw-dropping character reveal in episode 10.
“This series had all of the right elements from the very beginning — compelling characters, a storied rivalry, and the talented original stars,” said Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original content. “The way viewers have embraced the new twist on this beloved franchise has been nothing short of amazing, and we’re thrilled to partner with Sony TV, Overbrook and the extraordinary creative team led by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg to create a second season.”
No word on when the second season will arrive, but I would bet it is at least a year away.