Cobra Kai Season 3! Since it premiered in April 2019, fans have been in the long wait for Cobra Kai to return with their season. Originally in YouTube Premium, it moved to Netflix, where season 3 dropped by this Friday. From the critics’ and viewers’ judgments, it seems that The Karate Kid sequel has not failed to deliver the expected charm and is the same delightful watch for the fans.
Cobra Kai is an American martial arts comedy-drama that is streaming as a television series based on The Karate Kid film series, which is created by Robert Mark Kamen. The TV Show was created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka (both of whom are reprising their roles from The Karate Kid.
Cobra Kai is set 34 years after its inspiration, re-examining the narrative from Johnny Lawrence’s point of view and his decision to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo, rekindling his old rivalry with Daniel LaRusso.
Cobra Kai Season 3 Early New Reviews are Out from the Critics
Cobra Kai Season 3 is overall fast-paced, which implies that fans felt some areas rather slow. The story shapes towards showing Robbie Keene as the hero through some feel his character arc is still incomplete.
While the fight choreography is just as strong as expected, some better conflicts are the ones that are inside, particularly of Mary Mouser’s Samantha LaRusso.
The views of the critics
To start with, Germain Lussier from io9 described Cobra Kai Season 3 as the most “confident, nostalgic and entertaining season yet” of the entire show. It is due to the usual great performances which the cast delivered and also the reprisal of a few actors from The Karate Kid II. Sources say that all characters came across as more fun than Season 1.
Darren Finch from Entertainment Weekly, satisfied with Cobra Kai Season 3, awarded it a B grade in his review. Though not the best, Finch nevertheless felt that this formed a “satisfying expansion” and paved the way for more interesting plots.
According to Rafael Motamayor from Slashfilm, Cobra Kai is “a nuanced piece of commentary” on the Karate Kid franchise and the legacy it left behind. He drew comparisons between this and Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. At the same time, the new season depended on “the cyclical nature of its themes,” even though it didn’t tamper with the overall experience.
It’s important to note that not all of 100% of critics received the show in the same positive manner. Rolling Stones’ Alan Sepinwall didn’t award the show more than a 2.5/5, as he felt that just like The Karate Kid III was an inferior sequel of the previous two films, Cobra Kai S3 too failed likewise. Though the stories of Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso are deep than the others, for Sepinwall, they “can’t carry a show that’s increasingly goofy everywhere else.”