It still surprises me that even after 38 years, extensions of the story of Karate Kid still have an impact on people of multiple generations. It goes to show that the original script by Robert Mark Kamen just has so much to offer to a wide variety of audiences. The latest extension of Karate Kid recently hit the most popular streaming service, Netflix with its latest Cobra Kai season. With such a packed season filled with anticipation, plot twists, and a surprise appearance, here’s our review on Cobra Kai Season 4.
Cobra Kai Season 4 Review: Spoiler Warnings
There will be Spoilers Ahead. So it would be best to turn back now if you haven’t watched Cobra Kai Season 4.
The All Valley Karate Tournament
The entire season essentially revolves around the All Valley Karate tournament that is scheduled to take place at the end of season 4. With such a momentous occasion, the series of events comes at a very fast pace. Unlike certain episodes of the previous season, every episode out of the ten in the most recent installment has a purpose. Let’s not forget a fundamental deal that was previously made in season 3, which is that the losers of the All Valley Karate Tournament are required to quit teaching karate and close their dojos. For this reason, everything is at stake. This makes the entire season even more riveting and compelling to watch.
Another important element that adds excitement to Cobra Kai season 4 is the shift in allegiance and the complexity of relationships. For those who have seen the saga of the original Karate Kid films, you probably remember that Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence served as rivals during their competitions. However, in this latest season LaRusso, played by Ralph Macchio, and Lawrence, played by William Zabka join forces. In order to carry their respective dojos through the All-Valley tournament, the two ex-rivals partner up to share expertise and coaching capabilities. This also gives fans of the original film more reason to follow this current version of The Karate Kid(s).
As if Cobra Kai isn’t packed with enough nostalgia already, the nemesis from The Karate Kid 3 makes a comeback in Cobra Kai season 4. In fact, he doesn’t simply make an appearance, but he makes his presence felt most especially in the final episode. Through completing the season, we eventually learn that alongside the fact that Terry Silver pulls some strings to change the result of the All Valley to his favor, he is also responsible for framing Kreese for the brutal beatdown of Paul Walter Hauser’s Stingray, which Silver himself delivered. Turns out, some things never change.
Cobra Kai Season 4 Final Verdict
Overall, Cobra Kai Season 4 is a very exciting watch and doesn’t get boring at any part of the 10 episodes. In addition, the turn of events and resolution to conflicts perfectly set up a season 5 plotline. With that being said, we have much to be excited about regarding the continued storyline of the show we have all fallen in love with: Cobra Kai. Check out another Netflix series review on Emily in Paris Season 2 Review: Gradual Improvements And A Lot of Promise.