After the action packed finale of Season 2, I was chomping at the bit to see where Cobra Kai would go next. Thankfully Season 3 of Cobra Kai is as humorous, action packed and as heart-warming as ever!
Season 3 kicks off directly after the aftermath of that dramatic season 2 finale and we get a good glimpse into how all of the characters are dealing with Miguel’s hospitalisation. The first episode does start off a little slow, with a number of flashbacks to the prior events slowing the pace down, however this soon picks up and sets the narrative for the remainder of the season.
Humour is plentiful throughout and is as witty and charming as previous seasons. Surprisingly though, the third season features a few darker moments, something we have not really seen before from Cobra Kai. This mix of humour and darkness as well as a number of genuinely tear-jerking scenes make season 3 a little more thought provoking than the light-heartedness of the previous two seasons.
The whole cast again perform exceedingly well and there are a nice few character additions including a few characters from the original Karate Kid movies which really do provide nostalgia to older fans of the series. There are a few noticeable character absentees such as Aisha (Nichole Brown) and my personal favourite, Raymond A.K.A. Stingray (Paul Walter Hauser). We do get very brief explanations within the series as to why they are excluded however it is disappointing to not see them whatsoever.
What I particularly loved about season 3 was the character development of Johnny, Daniel and Kreese. As much as I love the Cobra Kai vs Miyagi-Do rivalry and drama between the students, it was great to gain a deeper insight into the three sensei’s. We get a surprisingly in depth look into a young John Kreese and his time in Vietnam, which gives us a better understanding as to why he is the merciless man he is today. These flashbacks are executed brilliantly and I hope we see more of them in season 4.
Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) undoubtedly steals the show throughout the series and continues to do so in season 3. Johnny is such a funny, relatable and all round badass character! Credit must go to William Zabka for nailing the role and creating a character arguably more likeable than the main protagonist from the original Karate Kid films.
Cobra Kai Season 3 builds on solid foundations and sets the show up for a mouth-watering season 4.