The newest target in Hollywood’s ongoing fixation on diversity: Cobra Kai. Yeah, the show based on a movie that included one of the more famous 80s Asian-American lead characters: Mr. Miyagi, played by Pat Morita.
“Except for the Latino character of Miguel, all the other people of color are outside of that main cast, so it actually doesn’t show as a diverse show in a sense,” said Ana-Christina Ramón, coauthor of UCLA’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report, which designates leads as the top eight credited regular actors. (Across the industry, the report found that white characters made up 75.9% of the leads in digital scripted series like “Cobra Kai” in the 2018-2019 season, while 5.9% of leads were Latinx, 4.7% were Black and just 1.8% were Asian.)
Have said this repeatedly at this site that the key to more diversity isn’t imposing quotas on casting.
Season three, without spoilers, includes a pretty juicy subplot about Daniel returning to Okinawa. That involved several non-white actors. The show continues to harken back to the teachings of Mr. Miagi. If Pat Morita was still alive he would be front and center in this show. They did the smart thing by not trying to recast him. Instead, viewers are constantly reminded of his influence.
Is it a fair concern that more of the new youths aren’t more diverse? Perhaps. They could have cast that differently. Would Hawk have been a more engaging character if he was non-white.
Don’t look now, but season four will possibly see the return of two other white characters: Terry Silver and Mike Barnes.
But if Cobra Kai continues to harkening back to The Next Karate Kid or the reboot, we’ll have even more diversity in casting. No idea if that’s where it’s headed, but all signs seem to point that direction … eventually.
Going to make this one of the shorter posts here ever after binging season three in its entirety today. No spoilers follow, promise.
It’s the best season yet, and that’s saying a lot, considering season 1 was so entertaining and season 2 was almost as good, and ended very strong on a cliffhanger. Season 3 is just … wow.
This series is like NBA Jam on fire. Luckily, we are going to get a season 4. It was greenlit back in October 2020.
Season 3 is worth at least a few months subscription to watch. I’m going to end up rewatching and enjoying it all over again. If you haven’t, get to it. Great writing, acting, it almost makes you believe all great movies in the 80s should have a TV series this much fun.
Last week saw Cobra Kai finally drop from the Netflix top 10 list. It was in that list for enough time to inspire Netflix to greenlight a fourth season.
The third season is already in the can, awaiting a release date “early in 2021” up until this announcement with a specific date.
Following the big launch of Cobra Kai‘s first two seasons on Netflix, the streamer has renewed the series for a fourth season. The pickup for the series continuation of the iconic The Karate Kid film franchise from Sony Pictures Television, comes ahead of the premiere of Season 3, which has been set for January 8, 2021.
Have already written about loving this TV series (see: all our Cobra Kai coverage). From our standpoint, anyway, it’s an almost perfect way to resurrect, continue and respect an 80s classic movie. Here’s the teaser video:
Season 2 ended on a pretty significant cliffhanger. Won’t spoil what that is, but certainly those unfinished storylines need to be — and probably are — resolved in Season 3.
I see a bloody-faced John Kriese in that teaser video. Oh yeah, bring it on! Can hardly wait.
In Cobra Kai, there’s some effective product placement with Coors Banquet beer as Johnny Lawrence’ (Billy Zapka) favorite alcoholic beverage.
“I haven’t really drank a Coors Banquet on the set, because all of that’s water and iced tea, so I can’t totally vouch for it yet,” he said. “But the bottles look cool, man.”
“I should be getting paid by Coors for all of this,” Zabka said.
Have you watched Cobra Kai [FIRST LOOK] on Netflix yet?
If you like the original Karate Kid movie, it’s about as good as you can get without Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) in the cast. I mean, Johnny Lawrence and Daniel Larusso 34 years later still having a grudge? We’ve now seen the first two seasons and, yes, we definitely recommend binging this ASAP.
Video games based on movies and TV shows are usually garbage, but this one looks like and old school 2D brawler and seems to be following the TV show first two seasons pretty closely from the trailer below.
Titled ‘Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues’, the game is a side-scrolling brawler based on the show (which launched on Netflix recently, having previously been available on YouTube), featuring RPG-style progression, 2-player co-op, and a cast of characters from the excellent Cobra Kai TV series.
I don’t play many videogames, but I’ve always like 2D fighters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game was a 4-player 2D fighter and I plunked more than a few quarters into that.
The company Arcade 1UP has been making some awesome 3/4 size arcade cabinets and selling through retailers like Best Buy and Amazon for $450. Some come with special game stools for another $80. There are included risers that make it full size as well. Assembly is required but it sounds like it’s not too intense, taking a couple hours to put together.
The TMNT cabinet looks just like the arcade. You can quickly find these for purchase by searching for Arcade1UP at BestBuy.com, Amazon and other retailers.
Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues will be available for PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on October 27, 2020.