Cobra Kai (2018– )
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Daniel is dismayed to find a new Cobra Kai dojo has been opened up. Johnny learns his dojo has to pass several safety requirements before he can actually start teaching.

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Robert Mark Kamen (based on characters created by), Josh Heald (created for television by) | 5 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
Joe Seo ... Kyler
Annalisa Cochrane ... Yasmine
Bo Mitchell ... Brucks
Gianni Decenzo ... Demetri
Jacob Bertrand ... Eli
Hannah Kepple ... Moon
Dawson Towery ... Rory
Jonathan Mercedes ... A.J.
Griffin Santopietro ... Anthony
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Storyline

Daniel sees that the Cobra Kai dojo has been reestablished by Johnny Lawrence. Struggling to launch the business, Johnny starts teaching karate to his teenage neighbor Miguel. Daniel faces his former opponent and old offenses are quickly reignited.

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Action | Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

2 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Miguel wears a blue LA Dodgers jersey while training with Johnny. In the original Karate Kid film (1984), Daniel Larusso wears a blue San Diego Chargers jersey under his costume at the Halloween dance where he is ultimately confronted and defeated by Johnny and the Cobra Kai gang and then saved by Mr. Miyagi. Ironically, the Chargers relocated to LA in 2017, and Johnny is now in the role of Mr. Miyagi from the original film. See more »

Goofs

In the lunchroom scene, on the wall behind the mean girl's table is a red poster. The paragraph between "STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM" and "LEARN MORE" is completely filled with placeholder dummy text. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Lawrence: And change that ringtone. Get some Guns N' Roses or something.
Miguel: What's Guns N' Roses?
Johnny Lawrence: I'm going to pretend you didn't say that.
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Connections

References The Karate Kid Part II (1986) See more »

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Ain't That a Kick in the Head?
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Dean Martin
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An Excellent Follow Up to Episode 1
13 May 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This is a fantastic follow up to the first episode. Here we explore more of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio)'s life, mostly as it pertains to his wife (Courtney Henggeler) and daughter (Mary Mouser). The former seems to be a lot more acclimated to the rich upper-class life the LaRusso family now leads; Macchio, meanwhile, is convincing as a guy whose wealth was earned, not inherited. He is from New Jersey after all, as established in the first "Karate Kid" film. Exploring Daniel's character more in this episode also helps remove some of the d-baggery that hung over his brief appearance in episode 1.

Outside of that, there's decent work by the kids in the cast, one of whom, Xolo Maridueña, is taken under Johnny (William Zabka)'s wing at the new Cobra Kai dojo. And Joe Seo is suitably arrogant and vicious as Daniel's daughter's love interest; the scrapes and bruises he got in the first episode lead Daniel to assume he was the victim, not the aggressor, all culminating in an electric confrontation between Johnny and Daniel at the end. It's worth the wait.

This is about as good a reboot/revival/continuation as I've seen from Hollywood in quite awhile. As long as the scripts can keep Johnny and Daniel front and center, this one looks like it'll be a winner.


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