The story of Cobra Kai is the new big obsession in the Netflix catalog. And it is for several reasons. Is about a careful tribute to a saga especially loved by the public, also for his way of carefully using nostalgia to create a story that, despite everything, stands on its own.
Ausada of cheesy, most of the times melodramatic and other times just moving, Cobra Kai is a tribute to a generation. Also to a whole way of understanding the heroic. Something that season three has made even more clear and that made its premiere one of the greats of the platform at the beginning of the year.
But as the plot matures, so does the producers’ favorite trick. Season three is full of Easter eggs that have turned the story into a revision of the film saga. The most intriguing is that most of the references allow the saga to evolve, grow and deepen its central points. So it is not just a journey through the central story, but a new dimension to the plot of one of the most endearing franchises in cinema.
And what were the main Easter eggs this season? We leave you a detailed list of the best and those that have most surprised the audience.
John Kreese’s window shot
In the chapter Aftermath, Johnny drinks too many Coors Banquets and ends up in the middle of a fight with a group of Los Angeles Dodgers fans.
After be compared to “a piece of shit dog that shitted” (due to its foul odor), Johnny follows the group of rioters to his car and subsequently smashes through the driver’s side window with a single blow. The moment refers to another much remembered of The Karate Kid Part II when Kreese knocks on a window during a confrontation with Mr. Miyagi.
The other Daniel San
If something has achieved Cobra Kai is to make it clear that Daniel LaRusso is not the benign, one-dimensional and superficial character that the film saga showed.
The hitherto hero of the game has shown that he is actually a ** human being full of dark places ** and unsuspected shades of gray. Something that the show remembers from time to time. Also in the chapter Aftermath, Daniel must defend his dojo after the school fight in the season 2 finale of Cobra Kai. To do so, he claims that he was bullied in high school and argues that karate can have a positive influence on the community.
However, someone calls Daniel’s claims “nonsense” and suggests that he was the “real bully” years ago. This is a reference to his joke with the water hose in The karate kid and the illegal kick he used to win the All Valley Karate Tournament. It is a turning point for Daniel, who begins to reassess his actions from a new point of view.
Take care how you speak
As if all of the above weren’t enough, an angry parent blames Daniel for teaching local kids “Miyagi’s shit.” In the middle of the discussion he mispronounces the name of the character played by the beloved Pat Morita, just as Daniel did. during a phone conversation in the original The karate kid.
The series, again, uses the perception of circular time to analyze its characters from different angles. An interesting resource that so far has given good resources to storytelling.
The ’47 Ford
During the first seconds of the chapter Nature Vs. Nurture, a high school student appears in a sequence of flashback from 1965 and refers to his ’47 Ford convertible as a “piece of junk.”
Of course, this is the same vehicle that Lord Miyagi gives Daniel in the original. The karate kid.
In the chapter The Right Path, Daniel travels to Japan to save his car dealership and stops at Tomi Village, the former village of Mr. Miyagi who appears in The Karate Kid Part II.
Daniel is surprised to learn that the community has fully commercialized itself and must deal with its idealized version of the past. Is about a form of intellectual and emotional evolution that makes Daniel have to deepen his vision about the adolescent that he was.
During the Okinawa episode, Daniel and Chozen discuss the origins of Miyagi-Do, a conversation that also occurs in the original. The karate kid, between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi.
The side conversations provide their own context to the past and the future, allowing the series to maintain a balanced tone regarding its identity.
The past returns in many forms
When Daniel leaves Okinawa in the chapter Miyagi-do, Chozen puts a Miyagi-Do scroll in his hands * and then adds: “Keep it for your collection.” If you remember, they are the same words that Kumiko says to Daniel in The Karate Kid Part II.
A full circle Yu
Before Daniel leaves Japan, Kumiko introduces him to a woman named Yuna, the “Bell Ringer Girl” from The Karate Kid Part II that Macchio’s character saves during a typhoon.
In season 3 of Cobra Kai it is revealed that Yuna is now the vice president of sales of Doyona International, so he has the power to save Daniel’s business. Again, the plot of the series manages to complete a circle. One that also supports the feeling that the entire series is a consistent journey through its own mythology.
Kreese learns Tang Soo Do
In one of the sequence flashback chapter King cobra, it is revealed that Kreese learned Tang Soo Do while training for a special military unit during the Vietnam War.
His instructor, Captain Turner, claims that he learned the Korean style of martial arts from Master Kim Sun-Yung during the Korean War. In The karate kid, Kreese teaches Tang Soo Do to his Cobra Kai students. A style that contrasts with the techniques of Lord Miyagi, influenced by the kata and Gōjū-ryū styles that originated in Okinawa. By the way, the concept “no mercy” is also the work of Captain Turner.
Digging two graves
In the first minutes of the chapter The Good, The Bad, and The Badass, Daniel instructs his students and paraphrases Mr. Miyagi *** ‘s thoughts on revenge that he learned in the original The Karate Kid. ***
Specifically, he compares having “hatred in the heart” to digging two graves, further reinforcing the character of someone who values empathy and compassion over the concept of “merciless.” Two versions of the power that the series handles with enormous skill.