Finally, Cobra Kai is back on Netflix for another round, with even more Karate Kid flashbacks than ever before.
Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) sees the Season 3 storyline, in particular, taking a trip to Japan and reuniting with essential “Karate Kid Part II.” characters.
Perhaps the season’s greatest return is not actually a surprise, as was already implied at the end of season 2. As recently confirmed by Macchio, though, when the tease was first filmed and could not have ended up happening, it was not a done deal.
(SPOILER ALERT: You’ve been given a heads up if you want to ruin a major “Cobra Kai,” moment).
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If you watched “Cobra Kai,” last season, you already know that Elisabeth Shue is back as Ali Mills, with a hyphenated last name and a fancy PhD now.
This return was suggested last season, when Ali replied to Johnny’s Facebook post (William Zabka). The character – Johnny’s ex-girlfriend and love interest Daniel – was last played by Shue in the first 1984 film.
Macchio said Shue’s return wasn’t a done deal at a recent press day for the Netflix series before the final scripts were delivered. There was a fallback plan prior to that, according to Polygon, and a pretty lame one at that.
Macchio explained, “That was the fallback, the ‘how are we going to suck out of space’ from what we wrote,” “Which would mean her husband doing the Facebook back and forth with Johnny.”
For Johnny, that sounds like an unnecessarily cruel and unnecessary distraction. Had this ending gone through, viewers would certainly have found that it was a lackadaisical band-aid that did not materialize for a scheduled cameo appearance.
Fortunately, there was no need for a Plan B in this instance.
Since ‘The Karate Kid,’ Elisabeth Shue has kept herself well occupied.
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The fact that she’s been very busy over the past 36 years has been one of the major question marks hanging over Shue’s future return.
In the “Karate Kid,” sequels, Shue replaced Claudia Wells as Marty McFly’s girlfriend Jennifer Parker after her breakthrough role in “Back to the Future” For her appearance alongside Nicolas Cage in 1995’s “Leaving Las Vegas.” she later earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
In Amazon’s The Boys, viewers may have seen Shue as Madelyn Stillwell more recently. Stillwell was the Hero Management Vice President at Vought Industries, overseeing the activities of The Seven. She also had what many learned was a disturbingly sexual, maternal relationship with Homelander, the key member of the party (Antony Starr). At the end of season 1, Stillwell was killed off, but Shue returned for a season 2 cameo appearance. Shue certainly seems to be enjoying a sweet, surprise return of a character, doesn’t she?