When the first and second seasons of Cobra Kai The mix of high-octane martial arts sequences and 1980s nostalgia made Netflix a perfect getaway this summer. But it’s not just fans of the Karate kid Movies that you are obsessed with Cobra Kai;; The show also won over a whole new generation, many of whom have never seen the original film that started it all.
While Cobra Kai often brings back old faces and includes flashbacks in the form of footage from the first film and its sequels to provide context for what Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) are going through nowit can still feel a little impenetrable to newbies. Especially when you take into account the personal story of characters like Miyagi, who was never fully on-screen but informed the choices he made throughout the franchise.
We’re talking about MCU levels of backstory and continuity here.
Fortunately, a new video from the official Netflix Film Club Channel on YouTube has broken down the whole Karate kid and Cobra Kai Timeline that began over 400 years ago in Okinawa, Japan. No seriously. This historical context is crucial to understanding the origins of the Miyagi family and their unique karate tradition before you even get to where Daniel enters the story.
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The video takes viewers through Miyagi’s tragic early life, the rise of villains Kreese and Silver, and the beginning of the Cobra Kai Dojo, to the moment when a troubled kid named Daniel moves with his mother and from New Jersey to California first encounters his archenemy Johnny and, finally, the circumstances under which these two long-standing rivals face each other again at the beginning of the new Cobra Kai Series.
And there we have it! Now you’re all caught up in time for season three.
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