If you're looking for the best shows of 2018, then strike first, strike hard, and head over to YouTube Red for Cobra Kai. Ever wondered what became of Danny LaRusso after he beat "The Bad Boy of Karate," or what happened to Johnny Lawrence after Kreese nearly killed him for losing the All-Valley tournament? Do you recognize those two references? Well then Cobra Kai is a must-watch for you.
Even those unfamiliar with the source material will likely love this YouTube Red hit. The first two episodes are streaming for free, and the other eight require a subscription to watch. There is a 30-day free trial for new subscribers, but Cobra Kai alone is worth the $9.99 a month.
But it won't take you a month to watch this gem. YouTube Red audiences are likely to binge-watch this in one setting. With 10 episodes hovering the 30-minute mark, it plays like an epic five-hour movie more than a series.
Featuring footage of The Karate Kid, the debut episode opens with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) about to receive the first-place trophy for the 1984 All-Valley Under-18 Karate Tournament. Then we all know what happens from there: it's announced Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is going to fight, crane kick, and the hero wins. But it's more than just a recap, the showrunners make this feel new.
As told in the video below (prepare to geek-out), the executive producers used never-before-seen footage from The Karate Kid. Fans can look forward to seeing the closing moments of the movie in a variety of different angles, and the focus being on Johnny rather than Daniel. The last shot of the scene showing Johnny crash to the mat was filmed in 2018, but it looks like it was part of the original film. We then see Johnny on the mat, clenching his fists, and it transitions to 2018 with him lying on his bed. And the stage is set.