Review Cobra Kai (2018)

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    Cobra Kai
    is an upcoming American dramedy web television series based on The Karate Kid film series created by Robert Mark Kamen. The television series takes place thirty years after the original film ...








    ... and follows the reopening of the Cobra Kai karate dojo by old rivals Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. It was created by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald and stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, reprising their roles from the films. It is set to premiere on YouTube Red in 2018.



    Premise

    Cobra Kai takes place thirty years after the original film and follows a "down-and-out Johnny Lawrence, who seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The show is about two men addressing past demons and present frustrations the only way they know how: through karate."[1]

    Cast and characters

    Main
    • Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso
    • William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence
    • Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso
    • Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz
    • Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso
    • Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene
    Recurring
    • Nichole Brown as Aisha Robinson
    • Griffin Santopietro as Anthony Larusso
    • Gianni Decenzo as Demitri
    • Hannah Kepple as Moon
    • Gabe Bowles as Tim
    • Annalisa Cochrane as Yasmine
    • Connor Murdock as Kev
    • Denzel K Williams as Caleb
    • Bo Mitchell as Brucks
    • Vanessa Rubio as Carmen Diaz
    • Diora Baird as Shannon Keene
    Guest
    Production

    Development

    On August 4, 2017, it was announced that YouTube had given the production a series order to consist of a first season of ten half hour episodes. The series is set to be written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg. Hurwitz and Schlossberg will direct multiple episodes of the first season. The trio will be joined as executive producers by James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett of Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.

    Casting

    Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Ralph Macchio and William Zabka were cast in the series' lead roles reprising their iconic characters of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, respectively, from the original film.

    On October 24, 2017, the rest of the main cast was announced and included Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, and Courtney Henggeler. It was also reported that Ed Asner would be appearing in a guest role as Sid Weinberg described as "Johnny’s reluctant stepfather, an old-school, hard-nosed, former studio mogul, who is tired of dealing with his stepson’s failures."

    On December 19, 2017, it was reported that Vanessa Rubio had joined the series in a recurring capacity.

    Filming

    In October 2017, principal photography for the series began in Atlanta, Georgia. Filming took place at various locations throughout that month at places including Union City, Georgia, Marietta, Georgia, and the Briarcliff Campus of Emory University.

    Marketing

    In January 2018, the series was promoted at the annual Television Critics Association's winter press tour where YouTube's global head of Original content Susanne Daniels described the show saying, "It is a half an hour format but I would call it a dramedy. I think it leans into the tone of the movies in that there are dramatic moments throughout. I think it’s very faithful really in some ways to what the movie set about doing, the lessons imparted in the movie if you will. It’s next generation Karate Kid."

    On February 15, 2018, YouTube released the first teaser trailer for the series.



     
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    Kreese: We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. Here, in the streets, in competition. A man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy.

    I hate to admit it, but the moment I saw the title, COBRA KAI, I instantly knew which film franchise was being referred to. I also hate to admit it, but I'm actually just a little bit interested in seeing what this is all about... :emoji_grin:
     
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    I thought that the IMDF code of conduct had been updated again for a moment there, A-M! :emoji_confused:
     
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    Only where certain members are concerned... :emoji_wink:
     
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    Cobra Kai Trailer 3 Season 1 (2018) Karate Kid Series



     
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    Full Trailer....



     
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    Ive watched all 10 Episodes, and think it is brilliant, I am really hoping that it gets picked up for another season.
     
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    Funny you should mention that, Rob..... :emoji_alien:


    This, just in.....
     
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    “Cobra Kai” Renewed For Season Two


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    YouTube has announced that it has ordered a second season of its massive hit series “Cobra Kai” from Sony Pictures Television and Overbrook Entertainment.

    The pickup order comes less than a week after the half-hour comedy series, a direct sequel to the original 1984 film “The Karate Kid” featuring the return of original stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka thirty years later, debuted on YouTube Red.

    The series follows a down-and-out Johnny (Zabka) who, seeking redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. It reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life.

    The series has been a massive success with the first episode already racking up more than 20 million views since May 4th. The new season will consist of ten episodes and go into production this Fall ahead of airing on YouTube Red in 2019. Check out the announcement trailer below.



     

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