Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Emmy Catch-Up: Cobra Kai (Season Finale)

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 10 “December 19” (B)

I guess I had seen all the “previously on” footage from season two of all the drop-kicking and serious injury perpetrated and received by these teenagers, but this season spared most of that aside from Demetri having his arm brutally broken. That was far from the case this time, as the two dojos came together to try to find common ground only to have their space literally invaded by Cobra Kai, who came explicitly to hurt them. It was good to see Hawk opt to switch sides at just the right moment and come to the defense of his old friends, and fortunately that change happened before either Sam or Tory got seriously hurt. The flashbacks to Vietnam and Kreese making the choice to throw his abusive captain to the wolves, or snakes, in this case, were informative as to why he believed that it’s kill or be killed, which makes for an absolutely destructive attitude that he’s trying to impart to the next generation. Fortunately, after some pettiness and then a pep talk from Ali, Daniel and Johnny saw fit to bury the hatchet and join forces, first to stop Kreese and then to train their students together so that they stand a fighting chance to settle things in competition, if Kreese is going to keep to that deal he made. Unfortunately, Robby didn’t come back with them, which sets up some continued conflict for season four. I still don’t see why this show earned a Best Comedy Series nomination, but it’s decent light entertainment that I wouldn’t mind continuing to watch when season four premieres in December.

Season grade: B-
Season MVP: Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz

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