Cobra Kai (2018– )
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The Moment of Truth 

Daniel struggles to teach a new student. Meanwhile, Cobra Kai students wage war on the Miyagi dojo.

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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) | 10 more credits »
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Cast

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
Peyton List ... Tory
Ken Davitian ... Armand
Kim Fields ... Sandra
Vishesh Chachra ... Jack
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Daniel struggles to teach a new student. Meanwhile, Cobra Kai students wage war on the Miyagi dojo.

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Release Date:

24 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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The episode is titled after Survivor's song from the soundtrack of The Karate Kid (1984). See more »

Goofs

While Daniel is driving Samantha and Robby in his 1948 Ford Super De Luxe convertible, the right side of the windshield is missing. When they arrive at the Oaks on the Beach Country Club, the car is seen with both sides of the windshield intact. See more »

Quotes

John Kreese: The key to this move is making your enemy think you are retreating. But just as they let their guard down, that's when you strike the hardest.
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Connections

Features The Karate Kid Part III (1989) See more »

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New Bae
Written by Kenny Moron (as Kenny Ray Morón) & Victor Molina
Performed by Jr. The Voice
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think you are retreating..
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.

The Moment Of Truth

The confrontational and revelation based theme never fully grasps the rhythm of it, the confessions are forward pass while the amendments a major halt on the process, the lexicon of the series remains stereotypical.


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