While this show is very entertaining to watch and if you grew up in 80s, extremely nostalgic, I would never in a million years consider it the 47th best show ever. Here are some amazing shows that is ranked hire than: Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Simpsons, Six Feet Under, Its Always Sunny(Just to name a few but look for yourself). I say that because it either intentionally or unintentionally still has that 80s "cheese" that was present in a lot of the music, movies and TV but I do admit if that was done intentionally it's pretty brilliant. Regardless I think when you allow the masses to dictate the rankings of TV shows you will have this happen but it definitely can be misleading to people who aren't familiar with any of those shows and expect brilliance when they start to watch it.
One of my all-time favorite movies, I relate a lot to The Karate Kid. I was a misunderstood child growing up, so I turned to martial arts for guidance. Although The Karate Kid spawned a number of sequels, an animated television series, and a 2010 remake set in China, they're in no way a prolific follow-up over the recent YouTube Red series Cobra Kai.Cobra Kai is set over 30 years after LaRusso defeated Lawrence in the karate tournament. Haunted by his loss, Lawrence has become an embittered nobody. He is divorced, has an estranged son, and can't hold a job. Meanwhile, LaRusso has established a successful chain of car dealerships and happily lives with his family in a lavish home. Jealous of LaRusso's achievements, Lawrence revives Cobra Kai and teaches his pupils to become merciless fighters like his former presumed deceased master John Kreese. LaRusso catches wind of Cobra Kai's resurgence and attempts to shut it down. On the meantime, LaRusso's daughter Samantha dates one of Lawrence's pupils, Miguel who succumbs to angst through Lawrence's savage training, and Lawrence's son Robbie learns karate through LaRusso's mentorship. Macchio and Zabka reprise their roles, starring alongside Xolo Maridueña as Miguel, Diaz Tanner Buchanan as Robby, and Mary Mouser as Samantha.YouTube Red productions are usually atrocious; borderline unwatchable, but Cobra Kai is quite the contrary. Despite a few personal grips, this show is very worth the investment. The story is neatly composed and all character's plot lines eventually come together for better or worse. Very little plot holes and lose ends are visible. Johnny Lawrence, who is incredibly hatable in the classic film, proves to be quite an engrossing anti-hero in this sequel series. Sure, he's still very much a mean-spirited person with a harsh philosophy, but the reason I feel for him this time around is because he's motivated. He's a loser who wants to redeem his past failures, which regardless of his contemptible personality, is relatable and deserving of speculation. At times, Lawrence does show his softer side toward certain characters, and it's very unexpected and refreshing, given his hot-headed and violent tendencies. He's a complex, well-written character with severe but understandable motives. I like characters that are written to be liked and hated back-and-forth, similar to Walter White from Breaking Bad. It means the show is doing a good job at eliciting genuine emotion out of you.As for LaRusso, his role is reversed in a way. LaRusso serves more as an antagonist toward Lawrence, which is both interesting and troubling to me. Granted, LaRusso's motives for shutting down Cobra Kai are understandable. He's doing it to protect his daughter and prevent Lawrence's discipline from corrupting the local youth, as it did when he was a teenager. However, the methods he uses to sabotage Lawrence's budding success seemed extremely out of his character to me and even betrayed Miyagi's teachings. For example, LaRusso manages to convince a strip mall's landlord into increasing the rent of the businesses set there. This not only effects Lawrence, but innocent shop owners nearby who are endanger of losing their livelihood. It really painted LaRusso as a corrupt villain in my eyes, and I was shocked. I guess that's good because it did spark an authentic reaction out of me. LaRusso himself even regrets these actions and visits Miyagi's grave for wisdom in a rather tender scene that I would consider my favorite, but I couldn't help but scratch my head at his surprising, out-of-nowhere character turn. I'm a bit conflicted on how I feel about it.Time to discuss the teenagers side of the plot. I'm glad the teen's perspective in the storyline didn't take a cringy, mainstream route along the lines of Nickelodeon and Disney, but instead a more mature and thought-provoking path in its own right. It explores the teen's corruptive downfall from a decent person to a dangerous bully. Miguel, one of many teens to join Cobra Kai, starts out as a harassed weakling, but this pushes him to he learn self defense, boosting his confidence and earning Samantha's heart. That is until Lawrence's teachings implore Miguel to use his bottled up angsty hatred as fuel to his fire. It was genuinely sad to watch such a real and initially likable character descend into this type of madness, something LaRusso attempted to prevent and failed. As for Robbie, I'd say his side of the story is the weaker element. He studies under LaRusso only to get back at Lawrence for his neglect as a father. Kinda petty if you ask me. There's nothing too emotionally stirring about it and it's the only portion of the story where it seemed like it was revisiting the classic film's premise just to please its nostalgic audience. Sure, it's got a few charming callbacks, such as the "wax-on, wax-off" technique, and the log balancing drills, but it's nothing more than fan service at the end of the day. I hope Robbie receives an improved propose in the second season.Overall, I highly recommend checking out the first season of Cobra Kai. For fans of old, this series is sure to grab you with its top-notch writing, compound characters, well-paced chemistries, and rip-roaring martial arts action. The nostalgic fan service I was a bit weary of, finding it kind of sweet, yet also forced, but I guarantee it will rouse old fans. For new audiences, I suggest watching The Karate Kid first before diving into this series, that way you get to know the characters and their dilemmas, which are competently expanded in this new series. Cobra Kai continues the The Karate Kid's legacy with finesse, and the first season concludes on a rather dark and gripping note, promising quite a tense follow-up. This show is very worth your time. I know I'm hooked. NO MERCY!