It is almost 40 years since Ralph Macchio and the late Mr Miyagi (the late Pat Morita) brought the world of martial arts to life in the classic film An Karate Kid. The franchise has changed a great deal since its inception in 1984.
Since then, there have been several series and attempts to bring back the iconic story. It wasn’t until 2018 that Macchio agreed to continue with the story, seeing it this time through the eyes of longtime opponent Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).
This new look for the television series was a success Cobra Kai, who is preparing to enter his third season on Netflix. Fans of the series were thrilled to discover an Easter egg that was hard to find last season. He gave him cunning nods An Karate Kid film, paying homage to one of the original characters.
The karate tournament started all over
Netflix series Cobra Kai, which first debuted on YouTube Red, has attracted a new generation of fans unfamiliar with the ’80s film.
Macchio’s character, Daniel LaRusso, returns to the series as a growing version of himself. He wants to teach karate to the next generation of students. Now a successful car salesman, he once again has to face his bow rival.
Those who know An Karate Kid films will remember Lawrence as the miniature LaRusso opponent who went down in the 1984 All-Valley Karate Championship. Fast-forward to Cobra Kai, and Lawrence returns as a laundry worker looking to repurchase by re-establishing the martial arts dojo practices. He also wants to take martial arts to the next generation, using principles learned from the past.
The two men are original actors who have portrayed the multi-faceted characters throughout An Karate Kid licensing history.
How ‘Cobra Kai’ is connected to the ‘Karate Kid’ franchise
Cobra Kai using several flashback sequences to the famous contest, even using some previously unseen images from the original film. The 1947 classic Ford Super Deluxe car that Daniel-Son learned to slow down and reduce even makes a cameo in the new series.
While the nostalgia factor is there with Macchio repeating his role as An Karate Kid, there is no doubt that it is Zabka who is attracting the most attention in the Cobra Kai series.
Over the last few decades, fans have learned all they need to know about LaRusso through three on-screen movies. according to Men’s Health, Viewers are enthralled to find out more about Lawrence’s place in the karate universe. The magazine noted, “Zabka’s performance as Johnny, here, is hilarious, hilarious and engaging at the same time.”
Despite Lawrence seeing in An Karate Kid and The Karate Kid Part II films, fans have never seen his character develop beyond being a rival to LaRusso. Seeing the world through the eyes is a refreshing glimpse into the story. The series is popular with listeners, as can be seen from the successful ratings.
Something else Cobra Kai the actor who is repeating his original career is 74-year-old Martin Kove, who played as hard as Lawrence as John Kreese’s nail coach in all three films.
A cleverly hidden Easter egg appeared in Season Two
In the original version Karate Kid film, when LaRusso moves into a California apartment building, he befriends Freddy Fernandez (Israel Juarbe). At the time, he was wearing a “Makin ‘Bacon” t-shirt.
In 2018, Juarbe opened the Etsy Shop and began selling self-replicas of his famous shirt.
Floss mind quickly realizes the hidden egg of Easter in Season 2 of Cobra Kai relating to the “Makin ‘Bacon” shirt. In the seventh program, LaRusso goes to a chilled meat locker to train his new students. The boxes have labels on the shelves for the Fernandez Meat Company.
This Easter egg is a slow suggestion on the original character’s timeless shirt. It seems that, after all these years, Fernandez is still Makin ‘Bacon.