“Hit first. Hit hard. No mercy.” When you are young and powerless trying to figure your way out in the world, this can seem like a powerful mantra – it’s a simple justification that requires little moral judgment. As Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) explains in this clip from Netflix Cobra Kai“Life shows no mercy, neither do we. We do everything to stay afloat. We are doing everything we can to keep moving forward. We do everything to win. ”
When you watched Cobra KaiYou know things are a little more complicated. The series begins 34 years later The karate kidwhen Lawrence, the movie̵
In search of a purpose, he begins teaching a new generation of karate outsiders. The disciplined practice helps them feel powerful, but as the battle montage in the middle of the clip shows, showing “no mercy” turns them into bullies themselves. A single-minded devotion to winning is not a way to live.
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Or, as Lawrence explains to his students, “That creed on the wall: Follow it to the letter, it will make you strong. It will make you impressive. It’ll turn you into an asshole too. “Older and wiser, he tries to prevent his young protégés from repeating his mistakes.
The clip sums up the appeal of good Cobra Kai. If you like what you’re watching, the first two seasons are now streamed on Netflix. The third season will be released in 2021.
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