Looks like all of us Karate Kid/Cobra Kai fans got a slightly early Christmas present with today’s surprise announcement of an early drop date for season three of the wildly popular continuation of the Netflix interweaving stories of Daniel LaRusso, Johnny Lawrence, John Kreese and – just possibly – Ali Mills.
Per our holiday-festivus pals at The Hollywood Reporter comes the news that rather than the original air date of January 8, 2021 for the third season of Cobra Kai, Netflix has opted to drop the series one week earlier on January 1, 2021. The surprise proclamation was delivered by none other than William Zabka’s frustratingly endearing Johnny Lawrence character in a video where the former bully-made-good changed the release date of the show on the Netflix landing page. Wannna see it? Just click on this handy link!
Cobra Kai is a continuation of the beloved Karate Kid series of films that has become a breakthrough smash, moving from its original home on YouTube to the greener pastures of Netflix for its third season. Making the series tick is William Zabka’s compelling and surprise redemption of former bad boy Johnny Lawrence, who in the 1984 original film forced Ralph Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso into a season of hell California-style, punctuated by first true love, an unexpected friendship with sage and benign Mr. Miyagi (the late and very much missed Pat Morita) and, oh yeah, some kick-ass karate moves. The reinvention of the franchise through television surprised everyone, especially because it proved to be the right course for the long-in-the-tooth franchise to navigate. It is truly one of the better original programs on the air in 2020/2021, True Believers.
Season three of Cobra Kai is scheduled to pick up immediately after the wonky and pulse-quickening high school karate riot that capped off season two. Last season ended, too, with a tortuous tease of a possible reunion between former high school flames Johnny and Ali Mills, who essayed to perfection the all-American cheerleader with a heart of gold in the original Karate Kid; also being teased is a return by Daniel to Okinawa, which he and Miyagi visited in 1986’s The Karate Kid Part Two.
On behalf of Vents Magazine, I’d like to throw in a hearty “Thank you” to those benevolent saints at Netflix who are gifting all of us with this (slightly) early release of Cobra Kai. Merry Christmas, indeed!