No one was going to expect The Karate Kid to continue even in the era of franchise reboots and revivals. Since The Karate Kid Part III in 1989, the stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka have not been seen in the series – at least from archival footage. The Netflix hit Cobra Kai has now rekindled the series.
And the series is prepared to dig into the past more profoundly.
Fans of ‘Cobra Kai’ love it when old favorites return to the franchise.
Originally airing on YouTube Red aka YouTube Premium, Cobra Kai brought back Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence as Macchio and Zabka.
And while the series continued the rivalry of its characters, some significant actors from the first three Karate Kid movies were also brought back. Most notably, John Kreese’s Martin Kove has appeared as the series’ main protagonist.
But Cobra Kai also went to great lengths to resurrect from the films other favorite characters.
While Pat Morita, who played Miyagi-san, died in 2005, season 3 saw the return of Elizabeth Shue, the icon of the 1980s, from the first film, as Ali Mills. Additionally, from The Karate Kid Part II, Yuji Okumoto, Tamlyn Tomita and Traci Toguchi all reprised their roles. So who’s coming back next?
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Season 4 ‘Cobra Kai’ could lean heavily on the third film,
The series seems to be pursuing the “Cobra Kai” movies as “Karate Kid” continues.
Seasons 1 and 2 were all about Johnny, Daniel and Kreese, for instance.
And the events of The Karate Kid Part II came into play even more clearly during season 3.
At the beginning of the movie, the fans of the series and its characters got a little closure about Ali’s departure from the series.
Also, in Cobra Kai Season 3, the return of Chozen and Kumiko is a direct contrast to Daniel’s earlier visit to Okinawa in the sequel. Just as The Karate Kid Part II sheds more light on the history of Miyagi-san, so does Season 3 of Cobra Kai, where Daniel discovers new secrets about Miyagi-do karate that at the end of the season prove crucial. The series could bring a spotlight on The Karate Kid Part III in light of all this.
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When he returns in season 4, Terry Silver may not be alone.
Kreese’s Vietnam War tale slowly unfolds in flashbacks throughout the season.
And the long-time fans of The Karate Kid definitely found the hint that Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) might be back in Season 4 of Cobra Kai.
The producers of the show, however, have not yet confirmed whether Silver will appear – the main villain from The Karate Kid Part III – or how he would react to Kreese’s call.
Cobra Kai is known for subverting standards, of course.
The return of Ali and Chozen in Season 3 proved to be more salutary than harmful to Johnny and Daniel, respectively.
And while fans probably can’t rely on a reformed Silver, by bringing back Sean Kanan’s Mike Barnes instead, the series could surprise fans.
Barnes, Daniel’s former rival, was recruited in Part III by Silver.
If Silver tries to keep the series back, maybe he should send Barnes to support Kreese in his place.
After all, Silver was revealed by the Karate Kid trilogy as the villain behind Kreese and Cobra Kai. Essentially, he is Emperor Palpatine to Darth Vader Kreese. So it makes sense before the end of season 4 or even season 5 for the series to hold off on Silver.