Cobra Kai Kicks the Competition Away with its New Season


Adiba Huq

Cobra Kai season 5 trailer premiered on Aug. 16 to kick off the new season.

The latest season of “Cobra Kai” that was released on Netflix on Sept. 9, 2023 is more action-packed than ever before. With many characters from “The Karate Kid” saga, fans are in for a trip to the past.

Season 5 consists of 10 episodes, each lasting up to 30-40 minutes each. Like previous seasons, “Cobra Kai” is filled with humor, heart, and even corny moments that some find funny and others might cringe at.

After leaving audiences on the edge of their seats, the series picks up shortly after the events of season 4 with Terry Silver, a crazy and psychotic sensei, planning to expand Cobra Kai across The Valley.

The show improves on the action by giving viewers more amazing karate moves with flashy high kicks and swift strikes. The best part is that the fighting does not drag viewers away from the cliché yet intriguing story.

Everyone loves high octane fighting sequences, but it is not the only thing that makes a show so compelling. The writers once again did an amazing job in terms of giving the audiences a feeling of nostalgia by reintroducing Daniel’s acquaintances from the past, such as Chozen Toguchi, the main antagonist in the “Karate Kid II,” who is now fighting along his side.

The writers did a great job focusing more on the story. The hatred between the two sides rises as we get into the climax of the show, and ends it with multiple epic fight scenes to conclude it.

The VFX team definitely stepped up their game this season. They throw audiences back into the past by including scenes where John Kreese converses with a much younger Johnny Lawrence, with the same look and style from “The Karate Kid” film. They even go as far as including more violent and bloody scenes, which is definitely what a karate-based show was missing.

The acting has never been better. In previous seasons, it felt like watching a typical Disney high school movie, with cliché lines and over dramatic scenes. However, in the newest season, the acting looks and feels a lot more believable.

The actors, writers, choreographers, and VFX crew really gave it their best this season. Everything about this season was an improvement from the last. The film was a kick to watch, often literally, and fans all hope that the next and final season is even better.