posted on Sep, 9 2020 @ 03:50 AM
WARNING: contains spoilers for first season of Cobra Kai.
I've almost finished the first season of Cobra Kai and I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on this show and why I think the writing is pretty
great. I can't really remember the original Karate Kid movies because I was very young when I watched them but I might have to re-watch them now. What
stood out to me was how Johnny Lawrence is such a politically incorrect character. I'm actually kind of surprised that a show like this is even
allowed to exist in current times.
The way he treats his students and calls them insulting names makes his teaching methods very questionable. After finally getting some students he
makes several of them quit on the first day just by verbally abusing them. After reflecting on his actions he knows he was a bit of a jackass, but the
next day he tells the students that he's not sorry because he's trying to toughen them up. He says something like "a strong body requires a strong
mind" and that is true.
If they cannot handle some words how will they handle real hardships in their life? Johnny believes that we are over-protecting children, by giving
them safe spaces and encouraging them to avoid any sort of mental distress we have bubble wrapped them and insulated them from the real world. His
teaching method isn't about being mean, it's about giving them the capacity to overcome mental and physical obstacles that are holding them back,
wisdom which I think is sorely lacking today.
However, Johnny is constantly drunk and even goes drink driving in an early episode which makes you really question his mental stability. At the same
time they get you invested in his character, they get you to empathize with his struggles and hopeful that his dojo will become successful. I'm
guessing Cobra Kai were the "bad guys" in the original movies, but this series lets us see things from the other perspective, it gives us both sides
of the story and is well balanced in that regard.
The writing for Daniel LaRusso is also done in a similar way. At first we get the impression he's a self-absorbed wealthy business man with a perfect
life, but as we get to see deeper into his life and his relationships we see that there's a lot more to him. This is especially apparent when Daniel
begins to rediscover his passion for martial arts and starts to tutor Johnny's son, resulting in a rapid increase of self-esteem and honesty. Johnny's
son ends up defending a business that he would have robbed without a second thought just weeks ago.
That's probably why this show is already rated so highly; it doesn't try to judge the viewer or push a social justice narrative, in a way it's
actually doing the opposite. The writers clearly have the ability to understand we all have different personal situations, which comes across in their
ability to make us empathize with each character despite their shortcomings. It's actually refreshing to watch a show with some depth and humility,
the focus is on good story telling and not trying to be as woke as possible.
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