Look, we all know the feeling of childhood karate rivalries that last into middle-age, but YouTube’s Karate Kid sequel series is finally here to put it onscreen. Return to Cobra Kai, as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence reignite their old rivalry with a nostalgic first teaser for the new series.
The original The Karate Kid is one of those seemingly untouchable slices of ‘80s nostalgia. Everyone above a certain age has a soft spot for it. It has effortlessly merged with general pop culture, with characters like Mr. Miyagi and lines like “Wax on, wax off” existing outside of the film that created them. It’s a touchstone … but what if it’s a touchstone that we have been misunderstanding for the past 31 years? What if Ralph Macchio’s Daniel isn’t the hero of the film, but actually – dun dun DUN – the real bad guy?