I loved The Karate Kid growing up. I’m pretty sure my brother and I fought each other after every viewing, back in 1984. I was 9 years old and watched that video tape often.
I always love a good underdog story, standing up to the bully. Daniel was a loner and just trying to stand up for himself.
I loved the theme about balance. Even at 9, I knew that was a great idea for life.
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance, everything be better.
Plus, I had a crush on Elisabeth Shue’s character of Ali.
A few years ago, 2007 to be exact, there was a great music video floating around the Internet by No More Kings called “Sweep the Leg”. It was a tribute to Karate Kid and the music video was awesome. It starred a lot of the original cast of the movie.
The song is the story of Karate Kid as told form the point of view of the bully (and the actor who played him) – Johnny Lawrence, who never got over losing to Daniel and who’s life was now in the dumps. The video starred William Zabka reprising his role as Johnny.
I was a superhero, King of 1985. I showed no mercy. I was always Cobra Kai. But I caught a crane kick to the face (uh huh). I guess he sealed my fate when he said: Sweep The Leg, Johnny.
The video was watched over 80,000 times on YouTube within the first week it was out!
Now, 34 years after the original movie, and 11 years since the ideas in the No More Kings’ song, Johnny really is back on YouTube in a 10-episode series called Cobra Kai.
My brother and I have been looking forward to watching this since the first trailers came out and both rushed to watch the first two episodes on YouTube the weekend it was released. We’re waiting for the next time we see each other to fight. 🙂
I was very surprised how much I liked it. It borrows a little bit from the No More Kings in that we start with the point of view from Johnny. He’s broke, lonely, living in a crap apartment, still longing for Ali from high school and day drinking.
We then find out Daniel is still in California and now owns a very successful car dealership. Every commercial and billboard still haunts Johnny, it seems.
Without giving away the whole series, both Johnny and Daniel find themselves in the roles of mentors to kids learning karate. Johnny reopens Cobra Kai and Daniel re-finds himself in the memories of Mr. Miyagi.
Why did Daniel have to re-find himself? Well, apparently he grew up to be a tool. Think Ricky Vaughn in Major League 2 when he goes corporate and loses who he is.
The two former foes find themselves right back there again. Somethings just never change.
Johnny. You. Me. This… We aren’t done. – Daniel
Lots of great cameos throughout and successful rehashing of moments from the original. Even a lot of the same music and score themes. 80s music for the win!
My brother and I signed up for the 30-day free trial of YouTube in order to watch the other 8 episodes and binged them all within days.
I just read that the series has been renewed for a second season. So, start now. Watch episode 1 below and after you can’t stop watching the rest, come back and ‘wax on’ in the comments about how much you loved it, too.