COBRA KAI (2021)
Aired On: Netflix
Release Date: 12/31/21
Action. Comedy. Drama.
"Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again."
Cobra Kai never dies is a statement that the show seems to be running away with literally and figuratively. At this point it seems to me that the showrunners don't really have a plan for how they picture this series ending and that is a problem. The first 3 seasons of Cobra Kai are fantastic. I never thought it was a show I would really enjoy because I wasn't a huge fan of the Karate Kid franchise growing up, but I had seen the original and remake before I had started this series a little over a year ago. That being said, I was a huge fan of this show after the first 3 seasons. However season 4 is starting to show just how stretched out this series is getting. A lot of the same formulaic plotting that happens over the first 3 seasons are being repeated to where what happens shouldn't surprise you at this point and that just takes a little bit of oomph out of the punch up on a feeling this show used to give.
This season revolves around the All Valley Tournament. The whole season Cobra Kai, Miyagi-Do, and Eagle Fang are preparing for said tournament but because Cobra Kai has soo much injected drama around it's characters, they only manage to gloss over the training for the tournament. By the time the tournament comes you're on the final 2 episodes. Much of the season finale episode is spent setting up for Season 5 and giving you that little twist at the end that has become a staple of the series.
Overall I did enjoy this season because I do enjoy most of the characters and their journey but I found myself also becoming annoyed with the fact that this show is seemingly starting to run out of moves. The show's answer to that is to just remix the moves. While that may work for some people I would like to see it be better than that. I found myself invested in season 4 and easily able to binge; however I was also rolling my eyes more than ever at some of the dialogue, characters, and events throughout the season.