Saturday, August 7, 2021

Emmy Catch-Up: Cobra Kai

Every year, I watch the six submitted episodes of every series I don’t regularly watch that’s up for one of the Emmy series prizes. Last year, I started watching the entire season of each show to get a better idea of the quality I missed, and I’ve decided to continue that this year. 

Cobra Kai: Season 3, Episode 2 “Nature Vs. Nurture” (B+)

Daniel and Johnny clearly have radically different styles which make them an odd couple when it comes to trying to achieve the same goals, though Daniel knew how to make Johnny’s reputation work for him when he turned his alarmed reaction to Johnny smacking the inmates into a threat to send him back in alone if they didn’t help. Johnny was also very eager to get behind the wheel of the car, and didn’t mind a bit of collateral damage in the process in the form of the side mirror. They did manage to track Robby down in the end, and it’s a good thing that Miguel is conscious again, even if the doctor thinks he may never be able to walk, which will surely spell a grim future for the teen responsible. There’s so much internal conflict among the kids and the adults, but the clear villain here is John Kreese, who weeded out any students he considered weak with that cruel animal food routine. He does have a soft spot for Tory, who’s encountering plenty of troubles of her own, though being in her corner might mean that he’s trying to corrupt her and encourage violent behavior. It does seem that a prowess in karate is the ultimate asset for everyone on this show, able to intimidate bullies and anyone perceived as an enemy with an undeniable demonstration of talent and physical ability, however much its regular use may be officially discouraged by educators and law enforcement in all cases.

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