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YouTube Red Unveils First Two Episodes Of Cobra Kai!

Let me state that YouTube Red has in fact released the first two episodes of Cobra Kai for free. The other eight episodes will require signing up for YouTube’s streaming subscription service. However, signing up nets you 30 free days…so basically Cobra Kai is free, right?
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The Cobra Kai series in a nutshell, gives us the opportunity to catch up with Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso. The main protagonists from 1984’s Karate Kid, played once again by William Zabka and Ralph Macchio. It is 34 years later after that epic showdown at the All Valley Karate Championship. Things have not gone quite as either men had expected in their youth.

The first two episodes, entitled Ace Degenerate and Strike First, will take you by surprise. At the very least they certainly caused me to pause. You might recall the post I made at the end of March, for the Fathom Events special event. The premiere in fact of these two very episodes. I made the comment in that article that the trailer certainly made it look like Daniel had become a bully. After catching the two free episodes I can say this is indeed the case…as well as not.

The series so far does a remarkable job of actually painting both Johnny and Daniel fairly. What I mean of course is that each has their positive sides and bad sides. Naturally. I do not consider this a spoiler as it originates from the first film and it’s 1986 sequel. While Johnny’s life has kind of spiraled out of control, he thinks constantly of the past. When he had a beautiful girlfriend and was respected…and feared. But the showrunners make sure to let us see he remembers how wrong John Kreese was in the end. Obviously he blames the path of his life, or at least it seems, on the outcome of that karate championship.

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Lawrence demonstrates to his first student, the Cobra Kai way of taking out a foe.

While Ace Degenerate gives us the series viewpoint from Johnny’s side. Strike First allows us to see that other side of the coin with Daniel. At first glance it definitely seems LaRusso has been dealt the best hand in all things. Incredibly successful automobile dealerships, loving Wife and two good kids. Quickly however I think we see where the main focus of Cobra Kai is going to be focused. The main showdown might not be between Johnny and Daniel again but their kids. Moreso between the idealogy of the two men. While it’s a small spoiler, we do learn that Johnny hasn’t been a great Father to his own Son. But I believe that his taking over the role of Sensei, opening his own dojo, is in fact to help others.

The question of course is whether the main protagonists from The Karate Kid will have the wisdom to see the path they are upon. That each is in their own way trapped by their past glory. In short, this series isn’t just a shot of nostalgia, it very much has something to say.

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Daniel LaRusso is none to happy to find out the infamous dojo has been resurrected.

Now then, enough about the basics of Cobra Kai and my quick thoughts. Ready to watch Ace Degenerate and First Strike for yourself?

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Cobra Kai Premiere Featuring The Karate Kid!

We most certainly live in interesting times, my friends. Who of us could have ever thought that after 34 years, Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence would face off again? That however is exactly what is about to take place with Cobra Kai. The upcoming YouTube Red original series will fill us in on what has taken place for both Daniel and Johnny, since that epic encounter at the All Valley Karate Championship!
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Fathom Events and YouTube Red are teaming up for a special event. The premiere of Cobra Kai as well as a screening of the 1984 classic TThe Karate Kid. This even will be for one evening only on April 25th at 7:00 p.m. local time.

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This will be held in the U.S. with around 700 theaters participating in the event. You can check out if a movie theater in your neck of the woods will be hosting the Cobra Kai premiere by visiting Fathom Events. I assume of course that The Karate Kid will be shown first with the new YouTube Red series following.

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While getting a chance to see The Karate Kid back up on the big screen is great. I will definitely admit I am itching to see how things are going to play out in the new series. It doesn’t appear as if time has been kind to Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka)…
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…instead of course favoring Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). Now let’s be honest here. It isn’t like when we walked out of the movie theater in 1984 we would have wanted it any other way. Although judging by the trailer there might be a little twist we didn’t see coming.
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Heads up, friends. There is just a bit of salty language in this trailer for Cobra Kai!

Without a doubt, at least the way the trailer paints it, Daniel has become the bully. I personally find this incredibly interesting and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing the series.
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Here is the press release sent to us by Fathom Events:

“This special event screens in cinemas nationwide for one night on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 700 select movie theaters. A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

In the highly-anticipated return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary “Karate Kid” film reunite in “Cobra Kai.” Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) leads an enviable life with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships throughout the valley. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids” in “Cobra Kai,” a YouTube Red Original Series. “Cobra Kai” is produced by Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.

The YouTube Red Original series “Cobra Kai” will have its world debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24 and will later launch to audiences around the world May 2 on YouTube Red.”

Karate Kid Action Figures…From Remco!

Did you know there were Karate Kid and Karate Kid 2 action figures? Neither did I. I stumbled across them by searching “80s” in eBay’s toy and hobby category.

The Karate Kid figures had twisting, kicking action, breaking accessories, and rather big heads. They also had far more playsets than a doomed action figure line ought to have. On the plus side, they made Daniel-san look way tougher than he ever did in the movies.

Check out more of the Karate Kid action figure line here.