Cobra Kai is easily one of the biggest streaming success stories of the last few years. What sounded like a joke (or at least a Super Bowl commercial) has become a well-respected, Emmy-nominated show with five seasons under its belt.
The legacy-quel to The Karate Kid franchise follows Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and his nemesis Johnny (William Zabka) as they renew their martial arts rivalry. Eventually they grow to respect each other, teaming up to take down an evil dojo. Together, they train a new generation of teens in the ways of Miyagi's respectful brand of karate.
In this teaser, Netflix boasts the "biggest, baddest and final season" of the show. While the last two descriptors are obvious, I'm assuming the "biggest" part means this season will likely get more than the 10 episodes each previous seasons had. Netflix has also trended toward splitting seasons in two, and I imagine that will happen here. No release dates have yet been announced.
The final season of Cobra Kai will premiere some time in 2023.
About Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about.
I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague.
Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work.
In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo.
I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.