When Cobra Kai Season 4 comes along we will be treated to some more nostalgia, along the 80s lines, that the series has been giving us since the very beginning. It’s a testament to the series’ creators that they’ve been able to take the relative silliness of the original movie, that took itself oh so seriously at the time, and flip it into a comedic romp. It’s even called into question just who was the bully and bullied in that flick. Well, this time around it looks like we are also going to be treated to another blast from the past with a famous move first seen in the original Karate Kid.
The official series Twitter account posted some Cobra Kai Season 4 pics with all kinds of cool things to look forward to this coming season. When we last left things there were some new alliances being formed, something mentioned from the Cobra Kai account. And it also looks like there’s a return to some old moves from the past. Check out what I mean and see if you can recognize a certain signature style in these Cobra Kai Season 4 shots.
It’s right there in the first Cobra Kai Season 4 picture. We see William Zabka doing the classic crane kick while in some backyard training. That move was made famous in the original Karate Kid after Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi teaches Ralph Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso the style. LaRusso goes on to take out Johnny in the All-Valley Tournament with just this move after a classic little head nod from Miyagi, an all-time great scene.
For Cobra Kai Season 4, is the crane kick at all realistic in a situation like this? Probably not. But these are the movies we were talking about and it was the 80s. We could play fast and loose with reality. That being said, it was at least grounded in a specific style when the movie first came out, but most agree that it wouldn’t totally have worked. Maybe Johnny will prove us wrong in Cobra Kai Season 4.
Cobra Kai Season 4 will continue an incredibly successful run for a show that really shouldn’t have worked from the outset. Revisiting the relationship between Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso all these years later would have felt like a fool’s errand grounded in a schlocky premise. Except the creative team of Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg decided to make it, even more, a comedy by putting Daniel in the position of the heel and giving us a down-and-out version of Johnny that you really want to root for. It’s completely worked.
After starting on YouTube Red, it’s come over to Netflix and become one of the streamer’s better original programs. The first two seasons ended up being two of the most popular series ever for Netflix, capitalizing on pandemic-timed release during the late summer of 2020. Season 3 followed suit this past year, coming out back in February was another massive hit. And now there’s even more to come. Cobra Kai Season 4 is set to release on December 31st of this year. It will be a little New Year’s Eve treat to catch up with these old friends, crane kick and all.