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Cobra Kai Season 5 review – this nostalgic series pretty much delivers

September 6, 2022

This Netflix series Cobra Kai season 5 review does not contain any major spoilers.

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Cobra Kai is a continuation of The Karate Kid film franchise, bringing the cast of characters from Miyagi’s original verse to the small screen. It’s a nostalgic getaway that allows old characters to return and those with smaller roles to stretch their acting skills. The series as a whole feels rather nostalgic and at times very tongue-in-cheek in its delivery.

This style of guilty pleasure cinema has clearly worked wonders, charming viewers and critics alike. The show has become a tremendous hit for Netflix, ever since they acquired the rights in 2020. The fifth season continues that undefeated winning streak, with the ever-present rivalry between Daniel LaRusso’s Miyagi-Do Karate and the villainous Cobra. Kai by Terry Silver, but who will finish on top?

The series begins with the Cobra Kai dojo capitalizing on their victory in the All Valley Tournament last season, as Terry begins to expand the business and expand his empire. Cobra Kai opens more dojos, eliminates competitors, advertises on television, and shamelessly recruits students from across the region. Rival sensei Daniel LaRusso fears that Terry Silver’s “No Mercy” style of karate is brainwashing young people and creating monsters out of those impressionable children. He brings in Japanese Sensei Chozen to help stop his nemesis from dominating the karate landscape.

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Daniel and Chozen are ill-prepared and seriously outnumbered, their attempts to sabotage Terry’s master plan failing miserably at every turn. They can’t even persuade ally Johnny Lawrence to return. Johnny has his own issues to deal with and has taken on a new job as a taxi driver to counter those issues, but his customer service leaves a lot to be desired. Daniel’s plot to defeat Terry seems heavy and he decides to close his dojo after the defeat.

This rivalry disturbs teenage students and adults alike, resulting in a lot of bullying and bloodshed. Something must be done to stop Terry Silver and his unstoppable business plan.

Like always, Cobra Kai features well-choreographed and inventive fight sequences, striking the right balance between silly fun and serious drama, for the most part. There are invigorating and uplifting moments throughout the typical underdog story that goes through its standard highs and lows. Season five is clearly working towards something big, and the highly anticipated finale really doesn’t disappoint. Those on the fence with the early episodes won’t regret sticking around for this action-packed ending.

Yet for all its benefits, the show walks a very fine line between portraying itself as a bit of harmless fun to self-parody. For every exhilarating fight sequence, there are a handful that are repetitive and predictable. The rivalry itself can sometimes seem painfully insignificant and over the top, and it’s almost laughable how the stakes swing from one extreme to the other.

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Not all the jokes work either, and the game can be terribly melodramatic, with two-dimensional heroes and villains on display. But maybe that’s the point. The show seems to be aiming for satire or playing into that tongue-in-cheek soap opera movie style that the original films are famous for. Either way, there’s a lot to enjoy about this well-meaning comeback.

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