So as the Internet does, in the years between The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai, Daniel LaRusso has been vilified because reasons. J. Matthew Turner nicely puts forward the best case and point, and with an adult eye, they are pretty hard to fault. And this actually serves as the best springboard when watching Cobra Kai, as we now follow down-and-outer Johnny Lawrence. Daniel LaRusso on the other hand, now a family man and car dealership owner, is still painted as a nice guy, yet his overbearing grudge tends to emphasis his irritating attitude.
In a nutshell, we have Johnny Lawrence mentor neighbourhood victim Miguel, reviving the Cobra Kai dojo in the process. Eventually branching out and taking in many bottom-barrel high-schooler's, Johnny is a blast as the old school sensei. Obviously this doesn't sit well with LaRusso, who sees Cobra Kai as irredeemable and poisonous.
Cobra Kai balances the drama with a hefty dose of comedy, and thanks to the awesome comedic timing by William Zabka, there are many laugh out loud moments throughout the ten episodes. And worries that this would be a quick cash-in on nostalgia were quickly put to rest. I enjoyed the fact that each episode relied on good story-telling to motivate the viewer to watch the next episode, rather than say 24 which sleepwalked it's way through hourly cliffhangers.
By the end, faces are kicked and trophies are won and there is also a shameless set-up for a second season. The ten episode arc is well balanced and left me wanting more.