Cobra Kai continues to be the one guilty pleasure show that just keeps getting more and more enjoyable. Despite its over the top story about warring Karate dojos, Cobra Kai creates the right amount of nostalgia while not over relying on it.
Season 4 picks up with Danny and Johnny combining their respective dojos to take down Johnny’s former Cobra Kai sensei, John Kreese. Kreese is determined to shut down Danny and Johnny, so he reaches out to his former partner, Terry Silver, one of the antagonists from “Karate Kid III.” What Cobra Kai has done so well, is pull in characters from the previous films to advance the story. For Danny, Silver is a painful reminder of his rejection of Miyagi’s teaching and briefly joining Cobra Kai (this is a motif that plays throughout the season with various characters) We also find out that Kreese and Silver’s friendship is much more than meets the eye.
Willam Zabka (Johnny) continues to be the heart and soul of the series. But this is the season that finally had me hating Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and his entire family. Despite the fourth season continuing to convince us that Cobra Kai and all of their students are the antagonists I found myself actually rooting for them more.
Tory (Peyton List) really takes the brunt of the LaRusso family backlash. If Tory isn’t getting fired from minimum wage jobs because of Daniel’s wife Amanda, she’s getting bullied and antagonized by Sam LaRusso. And the LaRusso bullying doesn’t stop there. The useless waste of space son, Anthony LaRusso decides he is going to terrorize new kid Kenny for absolutely no reason.
As the season goes on the story really tries to show Kenny’s descent into the “dark side” thanks to Cobra Kai, but honestly I was still rooting for him even when he starts pummeling the bullies.
Speaking of antagonists, welcome back Karate Kid 3 bad guy, Terry Silver! Silver comes in as a shell of his former self but by the end of the season (maybe a bit too late?) we see the Terry Silver of old show his true colors.
The fights as always are well choreographed and paced. These kids really do a good job looking like they are beating the crap out of each other.
And as for that one “music guest appearance” during the All-Valley Championship, that was awesome and a nicely kept secret from the internet. The song that’s sung is of course the Karate Kid theme that really does have lyrics.
The climactic two-part season finale culminates in the annual All-Valley championship that put Johnny and Daniel’s newfound lessons to the test, as well as some surprise victories and defeats that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends checking out Cobra Kai season 4 streaming now on Netflix!