Before I begin this review, I would like to thank Netflix for starting off 2021 with the latest season of Cobra Kai. A great way to commence the year. 2020 was truly a mess, but it was still good timing for people to check out the first two seasons when it was announced that it would be transferring from YouTube Premium to Netflix. At this point, many have become enormous fans of the series. If you still haven’t seen Cobra Kai, do yourselves a favor and watch some quality television, especially if you love The Karate Kid! You will thank me later. The creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have done it again by bringing another fantastic season with the help of compelling storytelling and witty writing.
It’s going to be hard to talk about this show without spoilers, but I’ll do my best. After the cliffhanger ending of season 2, Cobra Kai season 3 touches on both Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) dealing with the repercussions of the intense high school fight between Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai. Things are not going well for them, and they’re trying to fix this problem. Meanwhile, John Kreese (Martin Kove) is planning something really bad with his students, and you actually get to see flashbacks of his past and learn more about his personal backstory. As a whole, the series has always been about redemption, which is an important theme that they continue to explore from start to finish.
Once again, the whole cast is incredible. All the actors are so good in their roles. The writers have mastered the difficult task of character development, and their hard work most certainly paid off! Both Daniel and Johnny evolve as the show goes on, which is pretty cool to see. They just want to do the right thing, while finding new ways to teach their students and becoming better senseis. The creators also bring back some people from The Karate Kid Part II who add a lot of significant value to the story. What Cobra Kai has always done very well is that it makes you understand the different ideologies of the characters. You recognize where they’re coming from, and you do connect with them.
Admittedly, it’s not as action-packed as the previous two seasons, because it mostly wants to focus on the dramatic aspect of the premise and revitalize the legacy of The Karate Kid films. It’s a lot more character-driven, which is still pretty intriguing to see. If you have seen the movies, you’re going to love the nostalgic moments from the franchise. The pacing is slow at times, but that’s not a bad thing. They’re taking their time in order for us to care about these people through a riveting narrative that they have started with the first season. However, the last episode is awesome! It’s a ton of fun.
Cobra Kai season 3 is yet again another brilliant season that continues to elevate its story and characters. It has the right amount of nostalgia that both the new and old generations of fans of the franchise will highly enjoy. I seriously can’t wait for season 4, and this is easily one of the best television shows to watch on Netflix right now. Remember: Strike First. Strike Hard. No Mercy.