Cobra Kai is a sequel to a 35-year-old movie, released as a YouTube TV series, blending nostalgia with heart, parody, and action, starring actors most people hadn’t seen in decades. It had every single right to fail miserably. But, somehow, this follow-up to the ‘80s classic The Karate Kid was a hit, and one of its stars still can’t believe it worked.
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The first season of Cobra Kai was basically the perfect five-hour Karate Kid sequel, and, if the first two episodes of season two are any indication, that’s only going to continue.
On paper, the idea of Cobra Kai sounds ridiculous: A YouTube Red series set decades after the original Karate Kid movies, starring an adult Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. It's an idea that, if handled poorly, could have disastrous ramifications on a franchise many people hold near and dear to their hearts. Thankfully, the show's creators, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald, are part of that group, and they did their best not to disappoint.
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Karate Kid characters Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence are coming back on the YouTube Red show Cobra Kai, and now we know more about what they will be doing -- as well as who they will be interacting with.