Cobra Kai Season 3 Review: A season at it’s best
Are you a fan of the show, Cobra kai? Well here’s a piece of good news for you. Netflix dropped its brand new season to the show and here’s why it is the best one yet.
Cobra Kai Season 3: Introduction
Cobra Kai is back, and the third season is its biggest and “baddest” yet. (You know what I mean)
ICYMI: Cobra Kai is a show set in the Karate Kid universe. It follows Johnny Lawrence (from the original 1984 Karate Kid movie) in the present-day, still haunted by his childhood and the guilt of losing the All Valley tournament. Johnny crosses paths with a young high school student named Miguel Diaz who is being bullied. In order to help Miguel, Johnny decides to teach him karate, and in doing so finds his new purpose. To re-open the Cobra Kai dojo.
There might be some people out there who would probably deter from watching this show because they haven’t watched the original movies, or don’t remember what happened in said movies. I personally don’t remember a lot from the Karate Kid movie and haven’t seen either of the sequels. But I would still strongly recommend that everyone watch at least the first episode of Cobra Kai. Having previous knowledge about the characters and the old movies isn’t at all necessary to enjoy the great story being told here.
The first two seasons of Cobra Kai were aired as YouTube originals. Since then there have been some behind the scene developments. From what can be gathered after reading articles online. YouTube was going to cancel the show after the third season. This made Sony Television (which owns the Karate Kid franchise) want to sell the show to other streaming services. Lo and behold came Netflix to the rescue. Netflix will not only air the third season of Cobra Kai but has also renewed it for a fourth installment.
This move paid off for Netflix as Cobra Kai found a large audience on the streaming service, having trended in the Top 10 for multiple weeks after it debuted.
Cobra Kai Season 3: Production Value
Maybe it’s the Netflix effect, but the third season of Cobra Kai appears to have a much better production design than the first two. Right from the sets to the locations, the show has expanded in scope. Without giving any spoilers, the show takes some characters to many different locations around the world and offers flashback sequences that are very well realized throughout the episodes. Anybody who watches TV a lot can appreciate the difference between the look and feel of the first two seasons as compared to this one.
The third season also consistently delivers in its action sequences. While the fight scene in the season two finale might have been the longest and most well-shot one in the whole show. The third season benefits from having action sequences that are not only great to watch, but also hold strong emotional and dramatic satisfaction in terms of what they represent about the different relationships these characters hold.
Many times this season, it’s not about how cool the kick is or how impressive the flips are, it’s about how all the characters are reacting to the situation. And how said the situation has brought two characters together or pitted them apart.
Cobra Kai Season 3: Story
The third season doesn’t happen much later after the second in terms of a time gap. Most of the storylines from season two are picked up right where they left off.
It seems for the first few episodes that the show is just doing more of the same, taking the viewer through conflicts that have occurred before. Maybe till episode two or three, one might feel that the same problems are being rehashed again. This changes very quickly.
By episode four, the show picks up pace and switches direction by creating more original storylines for all of the characters. It is also by this point that the show increases its stakes, it becomes very clear to the audience as well as the characters that we’re not in the shallow end of the pool anymore.
Cobra Kai Season 3: Characters
This season also does a really great job in terms of character development. Almost all of the characters are given their own equally well-written arcs which end up evolving them into greatly compelling, morally improved, or sometimes more dangerous versions of themselves
Without getting into details, this season also features some new (or old) characters that are plucked deep from the Karate Kid mythology. All these guest appearances only go on to make the third season far more filled with awesome moments than the first two. Some of the characters are made to be so interesting that it would be a disservice to have them not return in the fourth season.
Cobra Kai Season 3: Conclusion
Although the pace of the first few episodes is fine and still progresses the story at a good rate. The second half of the season is a complete roller coaster ride. Anyone who has liked the first two seasons will be sure to burn through the last five episodes as fast as possible, if not binge them all once.
Cobra Kai season three is the best one yet. A fourth season is already confirmed and majorly set up by the season three finale. After watching this show develop the way it has, that fourth season can’t come fast enough.
Cobra kai: Ratings
Background Score: 3/5
Overall Rating: 8/10
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