Review of the 4th season of the Netflix series

Poster of the fourth season of the series Cobra Kai (c) Netflix

Season four of Cobra Kai brings back another villain heavyweight from the Karate Kid franchise, Terry Silver, as the three dojos of Daniel-san, Johnny and John Kreese prepare for the next All-Valley Tournament. Here is our review of the current season.

Netflix celebrated the last day of last year with the premiere of the fourth season of the series Cobra Kai, which brought ten new episodes to fans of nostalgic martial arts nonsense. It’s the second season since the move from YouTube to Netflix and the first since the first season, which ended with a big karate tournament.

Let’s remember: In the Season 3 finale, members of Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do got into a brawl at the LaRusso house, with Samantha (Mary Mouser) finally standing her ground against Tory (Peyton List) and Hawk (Jacob Bertrand) fighting Joy returns from Demetri (Gianni DeCenzo) to the side of the light and Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) regains his former strength. In the subsequent confrontation between the Senseis Johnny (William Zabka) and John Kreese (Martin Kove), Robby (Tanner Buchanan) finally opposes his father, who in turn is supported by Daniel (Ralph Macchio). In the end, the dojos agree that only the All-Valley Tournament winner will stay in business… and Kreese calls an old acquaintance.

This is none other than Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), the diabolical, overdrawn villain sensei from “Karate Kid III‘, who managed to drive a wedge between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) on behalf of string puller Kreese. He’s a wonderful addition, introducing another character from the past after Ali (Elisabeth Shue) who isn’t stuck in the past but has evolved over the past few decades. Terry has grown into a wealthy, sensitive-looking old man who enjoys the finer things in life, which of course Kreese can’t let down. So he pulls his former army buddy back into the competitive world of karate, little knowing what the consequences will be for him…

80’s sports movie villains don’t necessarily have to be 3D and work in a movie because they only have a few scenes. Kreese, however, has been snarling through every dialogue for two seasons, which was admittedly excellent television, but was also beginning to feel a bit cartoonishly stuck like Mr. Burns. With Terry, an originally much flatter antagonist is added from the film, which is probably located at the bottom of the Daniel-san trilogy for most of them. All the more impressive that he was made one of the most exciting additions to the season here, initially struggling with his return, only to end up being more dangerous than ever. To put it in his own coke-fuelled words from back then: “Hey I like that! Oh I like that, Johnny!!!

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