I have said it before. I will say it again: Cobra Kai has no business being so damn good!
The Karate Kid franchise probably peaked all the way in 1989 with Karate Kid III. However, when YouTube Premium decided to do a TV series from the “bad guy’s” perspective, everyone thought it was going to be a dud. However, showrunners Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg knew better and put out an incredible series that not only gave us 80s babies our nostalgia overload, but also keep moving the story forward. After Netflix picked up the show after YouTube Premium discontinued their Original Series format, the show blew up even more. Now Cobra Kai is about to start its Fourth Season.
By the end of the third season, John Kreese (Martin Kove) took over Cobra Kai, leaving Jonny (William Zabka) to take his “Eagle Fang Karate” branch off to team up with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and his “Miyagi-Do Karate” group to take on Cobra Kai at the All Valley Karate Tournament. Little do they know that Kreese is about to bring back another Karate Kid OG vet: Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) and all bets are off going forward.
Not only are the grownups trying to settle their 30-year-old disputes, but the kids (the ones doing the actual fighting) have to work out their own issues.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“Season 4 finds the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang dojos joining forces to take down Cobra Kai at the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament… and whoever loses must hang up their gi. As Samantha and Miguel try to maintain the dojo alliance and Robby goes all in at Cobra Kai, the fate of the Valley has never been more precarious. What tricks does Kreese have up his sleeve? Can Daniel and Johnny bury their decades-long hatchet to defeat Kreese? Or will Cobra Kai become the face of karate in the valley?”
Cobra Kai Season 4 premieres on Netflix on December 31, 2021.