Johnny and Daniel face off again in first 'Cobra Kai' teaser

Posted February 16, 2018

It's been almost 34 years since moviegoers saw these two face off at the All Valley Karate Tournament in 1984's The Karate Kid.

Cobra Kai is set in the present, with the middle-aged Daniel dealing with the loss of Mr. Miyagi, and a "down and out" Johnny who decides to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo. The underdog sports movie was popularized by Rocky less than a decade earlier, but The Karate Kid stood out among them.

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Are you looking forward to seeing Johnny and Daniel resume their rivalry? "Cobra Kai will be a true continuation of the original films - packed with comedy, heart and thrilling fight scenes". In the teaser, Johnny has once again embraced the Cobra Kai philosophy that "mercy is for the weak".

Daniel LaRusso may have been the best around 34 years ago when The Karate Kid came out, but how will his Crane Kick fare against Johnny Lawrence these days? The show will also feature Johnny's pupil (Xolo Maridueña), Daniel's family (Courtney Henggeler and Mary Mouser as his wife and daughter, respectively), and Ed Asner, as Johnny's stepdad who, I think we all hope, gets a chance to offer some old guy wisdom in the absence of Morita (who died in 2005).

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What Is Cobra Kai About? That doesn't sit well with Daniel, who has since been leading a picture-perfect life as a family man and successful auto dealer.

Writing the series are Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar). Moreover, judging by some familiar rhetoric, Johnny seems to be hitting the Sensei John Kreese Kool-Aid hard, despite the whole "you're a loser", "second place is no place", parking lot choking incident.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Johnny has a son named Robby (Tanner Buchanan) who is determined to prove himself to be nothing like his father, which probably doesn't feel all that great.