We’ve been training on the tatami while watching Cobra Kai season 3 on Netflix. We tell you what we think of the new batch of episodes of the Karate Kid sequel series in our review.
Although it was scheduled to be released in a few days, Netflix did not want to wait any longer and anticipated the premiere of season 3 of Cobra Kai, which has arrived in the New Year to honor the part of its slogan of “hit first. “. The successful series that arrived on Netflix last summer with its first two seasons anticipated a third season full of action and revelations, so it is not surprising that they could not wait any longer to let us see the episodes.
We have to say that we have come to season 3 of Cobra Kai with the fear that the gum of the rivalry between Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso will be stretched too much. Yes, it is a mechanic that is working tremendously well, but like everything, there is a danger of saturating too much with the same theme. Also, season 2 left us with many unknowns that we wanted to see how they would be solved.
Today at HobbyConsolas we bring you our review of the third season of Cobra Kai. We warn you that you may find some spoilers from the first two seasons of the series and that from a certain point (at which we will notify) there will be spoilers for this third season.
The legacy of Cobra Kai
The great unknown that season 2 of Cobra Kai left us was the status of the character of Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña). His character ended up in a coma after the Grand Valley High School battle, with his life hanging by a thread. It was the main issue to be resolved in this third season, although it was not the only one by far. The series has taken the opportunity to diversify its plots and leave us with a little bit of everything. We have action, we have hooligan sequences with Johnny Lawrence, we have cute scenes, and we have eighties musician.
There is some subplot that can feel a bit stretched. It is justified by the behavior, sometimes repeated, of adolescents, but it is also understandable that some plots are lengthened without much need as it is a series, even if they are short chapters. Even so, the writers are not going to stitch without a thread, and almost everything we see will have its consequences after the fact.
We have to say that Cobra Kai maintains its magic from the first two seasons. We refer, of course, to the capacity that the series has shown to elegantly combine the nostalgia of those of us who grew up watching the Karate Kid movies with the plots of series focused on a current adolescent audience. This mix has allowed the series to capture the attention of the youngest while delighting the oldest with its tributes. In this field, we can compare it, for example, with The Mandalorian.
You are going to allow me a small personal anecdote. My ten-year-old nephew found out that I was going to watch Cobra Kai season 3 to make this review. Well, it hasn’t even been thought of to “marathon” the season with a server. When I asked him “But have you seen the Karate Kid movies ?”, He told me that it was the first thing he did when he saw the first two seasons and that he enjoyed them. This type of situation encourages the personal and professional thought that I usually maintain that nostalgia is not at odds with progress, but that it is dangerous when one of the two (or whatever else) rules a movie or series.
A cobra, or a hydra with three heads?
Cobra Kai’s main draw from the beginning has been the feud between Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). Misunderstandings and continuous confrontations between the two have led their pupils to be enemies even when they were good friends in the past. That is part of the dramatic side of Cobra Kai, who sees how two friends split their faces due to a rivalry that even they cannot understand.
Naturally, season 2 of Cobra Kai gave us a new fork as John Kreese (Martin Kove) took over the Cobra Kai dojo and the souls of his students, who felt betrayed by Johnny. The third season of Cobra Kai will introduce Kreese as the third sensei in dispute and will leave us some details of his past that, in a way, could make us empathize slightly with his character. But don’t worry, he will take care of taking away that empathy from a setback.
The balance between action and the progress of the respective plots is more than adequate. Cobra Kai maintains his hooligan essence while Johnny Lawrence is still that bad sensei, but with a good heart anchored in the past that leaves us some surreal scenes. A lot of attention to some episodes that are going to take us on a deliberate trip to the past, especially Karate Kid II.
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