Starting the new year with a lot more kicking.
If you’ve been living under a rock, Cobra Kai is a sequel series to the martial arts classic, The Karate Kid, in which Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) comes out of his self-imposed karate retirement to restart the infamous Cobra Kai dojo and teach a new generation, putting him at odds with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). The series was originally exclusive to YouTube Red, but it has since moved over to Netflix. It’s been over a year since the second season, with production having been understandably delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it seems we won’t have to wait much longer to see the continuation of this fiery rivalry.
The official Cobra Kai Twitter posted a reveal trailer today announcing the upcoming third season of the show, to be released to Netflix some time in January. The third season will pick up right where the second season left off; the evil coach guy from the original movie, Kreese (Martin Kove), has completely usurped Cobra Kai from Johnny, and the members of Cobra Kai and the Miyagi-Do dojos are now locked in an extremely tenuous cold war. Their major representatives, Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) and Robby (Tanner Buchanan), are in the hospital in a coma and locked up in prison, respectively, leaving only Johnny and Daniel to try and put a stop to the rivalry before their students destroy each other.
— Cobra Kai (@CobraKaiSeries) December 9, 2020
Interestingly, the trailer features appearances from major characters from The Karate Kid Part II, specifically Daniel’s former nemesis Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) and his former love interest, Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita). Don’t worry if this all sounds too intense, there will still be plenty of moments of levity, such as Johnny and Daniel’s banter with Daniel’s wife, Amanda (Courtney Henggeler).
However this whole situation shakes out, you can expect it to involve a surplus of kicking. We’ll find out exactly how much kicking next month.