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  • - Hi, I play Johnny Lawrence, the bad-ass awesome hero

  • of the Netflix series Cobra Kai.

  • - Hero's a little misleading.

  • In The Karate Kid I played a real hero, Daniel LaRusso.

  • - Here's everything you need to know

  • about seasons one and two of Cobra Kai.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Cobra Kai takes place 34 years

  • after Johnny lost the All Valley Tournament

  • to Daniel because of a cheap shot.

  • - It was legal, but okay.

  • - These days he's a middle-aged, down on his luck

  • handyman and life sucks way more than it did in 1984.

  • - I play Johnny estranged son, Robby.

  • They've barely seen each other

  • since Johnny walked out on him the day he was born.

  • - But Daniel's life has turned out great.

  • He owns the Valley's top chain

  • of car dealerships with his beautiful life, Amanda

  • and his two kinda perfect children.

  • - I play Samantha, Daniel's daughter.

  • They used to do karate together

  • but she's got better things to do now.

  • - I play Miguel, Johnny's neighbor.

  • He's a new kid in school and has a crush on Samantha.

  • - I play Eli AKA Hawk

  • but I don't wanna spoil my awesome transformation

  • from total loser to a total rock star.

  • - I play Tory, a Cobra Kai student

  • you'll meet in season two.

  • Tory has some anger issues.

  • - And then there's Demetri.

  • The only kid with enough sense

  • to not wanna get punched in the face.

  • At least at first.

  • - Johnny turns these losers into, well, they're still losers

  • but now they're losers who can kick ass.

  • Johnny's down to his last dollar

  • when he gets fired for some BS.

  • - You out it on the wrong wall.

  • I said the wall across from the door.

  • - So Johnny grabs a slice to unwind...

  • - And sees his neighbor Miguel getting picked on

  • by this bully named Kyler and does what any adult

  • would do in this situation, kick the crap out

  • of a bunch of teenagers.

  • (shouting and punching)

  • - Obviously he gets arrested for assault

  • and it's downhill from there.

  • - Samantha and her cool new friends are out cruising

  • and crash into Johnny's Firebird.

  • Totaling it.

  • - [Ralph] The car gets towed to the LaRusso automotive.

  • Of course Daniel's surprised to see Johnny again

  • but being the bigger man, he offers

  • to repair his car for free.

  • - He only offers to pay for the repairs

  • so he could be a total dick about it.

  • - Daniel tells Johnny he's better off without Cobra Kai.

  • And so of course, Johnny reopens the dojo

  • to prove Daniel wrong.

  • - Johnny recruits Miguel, to be his first and only student.

  • Miguel's just happy to have found a friend.

  • - Desperate for students and revenue,

  • Johnny goes to the high school for recruits.

  • - A little sketchy, probably illegal.

  • - [William] Johnny introduces Miguel to the Cobra Kai creed:

  • Strike first, strike hard, no mercy.

  • - And convinces him to go to the dance to meet hot babes.

  • - This costume might look familiar.

  • - At the dance Miguel overhears Kyler talking about Sam.

  • When he tries to defend her honor,

  • his new karate skills, don't kick in.

  • After the fight Miguel's mom forbids him from training.

  • - But Johnny begs Miguel's mom, Carmen

  • in the manliest way possible.

  • That kid, is the only person in the world

  • who hasn't given up on me.

  • And I don't wanna give up on him.

  • I know I messed up big time.

  • But if you let him come back,

  • I won't fail him again.

  • I promise.

  • (sad guitar music)

  • - Miguel returns to the dojo,

  • but this time his sensei also teaches him

  • how to protect himself.

  • - And the best defense...

  • (shouts)

  • (dramatic drumming)

  • is more of it.

  • - Johnny follows his own advice, gets wasted

  • and vandalizes LaRusso Automotive billboard

  • in an explicit manner.

  • Mother!

  • - Daniel can't prove who did it

  • but whoever they are, they're pretty funny.

  • - [Xolo] Miguel follows Johnny's advice and goes

  • on the offensive against Kyler.

  • - Sam, newly single definitely notices.

  • - [Tanner] Angry at his deadbeat dad

  • for acting like a father figure to Miguel, Robby decides

  • to get revenge by seeking out Johnny's worst enemy.

  • - [Woman Interviewer] Welcome to the LaRusso family.

  • - Daniel decides the best way to deal

  • with Cobra Kai is to bring back his own Miyagi-Do dojo.

  • - Part of Daniel's plan to achieve balance

  • is to recruit his kids to do karate.

  • And Sam's not into it.

  • - You wanna spar with your old man?

  • - Karate?

  • - You don't have to say it like it's the flu.

  • - So Miguel's fight goes viral and all the nerdy kids

  • head down to Cobra Kai to train and of course,

  • Johnny makes fun of them.

  • - If you don't want me to call you lip

  • that don't have a weird lip.

  • - Miguel confronts Johnny.

  • - Come on Diaz, they're a bunch of losers.

  • - Yeah, well some of those losers are my friends.

  • - Causing him to remember the pain of getting bullied

  • by his stepfather in a very tasteful flashback.

  • - [Johnny's Stepfather] What?

  • The kid's a social reject.

  • He doesn't have a single friend.

  • - Instead of apologizing, Johnny tells his students

  • that life is tough and they better learn to deal with it.

  • - So Eli comes back with a tough-as-nails looking Mohawk.

  • - Beginning his transformation into his final epic form.

  • - Hawk!

  • - Meanwhile, Robby's doing such a great job

  • at LaRusso Automotive, he's starting to feel

  • like he's part of the family.

  • He goes over to LaRusso's house,

  • sees Daniel practicing karate

  • and decides he wants to be trained.

  • - Back at the Cobra Kai dojo, Johnny uses

  • some unusual methods to train his students.

  • - So there's only one solution

  • and that is before you leave this dojo

  • each and every one of you is gonna take a punch

  • very hard, to the face.

  • Some would say awesome.

  • - Miguel goes on a very successful date

  • with Sam at Golf N' Stuff,

  • Easter egg, just like Daniel and Allie date in the 80's.

  • Somehow it looks exactly the same.

  • - Like any legit sensei in the Valley,

  • Johnny tries to enter his dojo

  • in the All Valley Karate Tournament.

  • But Cobra Kai is banned.

  • - Daniel's on the board and votes to block Cobra Kai

  • from entering, setting up an epic courtroom drama.

  • - But my Cobra Kai is different.

  • It's a place where kids can come and feel like they belong.

  • Where they won't get picked on

  • just 'cause they're a bunch of losers,

  • because they're unique.

  • Cobra Kai's making a difference in these kids' lives.

  • And honestly, they're making a difference in mine as well.

  • Spoiler alert two.

  • We get in the tournament by punching the committee

  • right in their feelings.

  • - Speaking of feelings, Johnny's all up in his

  • when he finds out who Miguel has his eye on.

  • - You're dating a LaRusso?

  • - He tells him a very biased version

  • of the events in The Karate Kid.

  • - So I chase him down,

  • try to put a end things that night, right?

  • Turns out the guy's got a karate master of his own.

  • Guy comes out of nowhere, jumps us,

  • assaults me and my friends.

  • I think my buddy Tommy got brain damage

  • 'cause of that fight.

  • Show me the lie.