Cobra Kai Season 5’s Karate Kid Connections Explained By Co-Creator

Cobra Kai co-creator Hayden Schlossberg discusses Season 5 and explains the Karate Kid connections influencing the show’s writing.

Cobra Kai season 5 The Karate Kid Connections are explained by the show’s co-creator Hayden Schlossberg. Cobra Kai Season 4 began streaming on Netflix on December 31, 2021 and was another big win for the streamer. Thankfully, the wait for Season 5 will be short Cobra Kai is set to return to Netflix in September 2022.

Cobra Kai is of course inspired by the hit film from 1984 The Karate Kid and its sequels. But far from just rehashing the movies, the Netflix show actually expands on the world introduced by director John G. Avilden’s feel-good underdog film all those years ago. Part of this expansion, of course, involves exploring a new generation of characters introduced to karate by the original film’s rivals Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). It’s also about those same young characters becoming entangled in old grudges while also attempting to carve out their own way in the world, creating conflicts that are inevitably resolved through epic karate combat.

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Whether these karate fights take place at school, on the street or in real rules-driven tournaments, Cobra Kai continues to mix martial arts and life lessons in an audience-friendly way. Speaking of recently diversity On how the show manages to achieve its unique blend of elements, co-creator Schlossberg addressed how he and the writers walk the tightrope of creating something new while also paying tribute to the original Karate Kid. Schlossberg says it is “fun” expanding the universe by adding new characters, but he and his fellow writers always start by going back to the origins of the story. “The bonsai tree is growing‘ said Schlossberg by analogy. He went on:


But the roots are, it’s bullying, it’s mentors, it’s overcoming things, it’s dealing with the past, it’s this instinctive feeling of feeling weak and then somebody gives you something. And on the show it’s karate, but in life it can be a million different things that change you and make you a new person and give you confidence. …But at its core, that’s what made me fall in love with the Karate Kid, why it’s a classic. It is the meeting of different cultures. People you wouldn’t expect to connect, connect. And so every year we’re like, OK, let’s forget it all for a second and go back to the Karate Kid. why do we love this We watch the film again. And that’s why I think it worked on a global scale. Because they are universal stories. And so we’re trying to focus on that while using different characters, genders and backgrounds and playing things in a way that makes it feel like The Karate Kid, but it’s something completely different.


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Of course sometimes Cobra Kai‘s connections to The Karate Kid are much more direct than the thematic connections that Schlossberg refers to. Obviously there are the holdover characters like LaRusso, Lawrence, John Kreese (Martin Kove) and others. There’s also a love of 1980s pop culture, as typified by the musical tastes of Johnny Lawrence, which seems kind of stuck in high school. There’s also the menacing ghost of Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi, whose philosophy continues to influence Daniel and therefore everything that happens within him Cobra Kai‘s story.

Obviously there is a difference between being inspired by something and just imitating it. Cobra Kai has done an admirable job of preserving the spirit of The Karate Kid alive while building something new. The writers are clearly aware that at the beginning of each season they have to go back to the source material in order to rely on the original karate kid everything turned around. But there’s also a commitment to growing the bonsai tree by exploring new characters from diverse backgrounds. The story will continue if Cobra Kai Season 5 will be released on Netflix on September 9, 2022.


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