For all you I-was-a-child-of-the-80s fans, there’s a newish show called Cobra Kai.
Not surprisingly, it’s about the Karate Kid, all grown up with a family and living in the same town as his karate nemesis – Johnny Lawrence from the Cobra Kai Dojo.
Johnny, a down-on-his-luck handyman of sorts decides to restart the Cobra Kai dojo and this is the story that unfolds.
It excites me to tell you that there are MANY of the original cast members including Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso and William Zabka as Johnny.
Unlike the Karate Kid, instead of having characters be all good or all bad, this show delves into and develops characters based on the notion that people aren’t all black or white but shades of gray.
It’s kind of a thrill to watch William Zabka reprise his role as Johnny and struggle with being an absentee father to his son and training a dojo filled with misfits and outsiders. And I really enjoy seeing Daniel LaRusso struggle with parenting his kids and running a successful auto dealership and dojo.
And of course, it’s GREAT to see the Karate Kid again, doing what he does best – kicking butts and looking cute.
But let’s be honest, William Zabka has Ralph Macchio beat when it comes to good looks and charm.
I’ve always been a sucker for blonds.
Whoever was sitting in a brainstorming session at Netflix and suggested that someone make a spin off show based on the Karate Kid was BRILLIANT and I’d like to offer him or her my most sincere thanks.
AND making the story be told as a narrative from Johnny’s point of view creates a lovely juxtaposition between the past and the present, as evidenced by historical scenes from the original 80s movies interspersed between the current storylines.
Let me tell you this. . .
When John Kreese, Johnny’s ORIGINAL Cobra Kai sensei reappears, played by the same actor, Martin Kove, I just about died of happiness.
I’m loving this resurgence of love for the 80s!
A sequel to The Goonies!
Please. . .