When Cobra Kai first appeared on YouTube Red in 2018, it reintroduced Karate Kid fans to Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, while also introducing a slew of new characters to fall in love with. Since then, the series has become one of the streaming service's most popular and well-known titles. Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, and Josh Heald have yet to miss a beat.
Cobra Kai Season 5 starts off shortly after the Season 4 finale, John Kreese (Martin Kove) is charged with heinous obstruction by Terry Silver (Juji Okumoto), Johnny (William Zabka) and Robby (Tanner Buchanan) is charged with helping bring down Cobra Kai, and Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) is still struggling to recover from her defeat in the All-Valley tournament.
Cobra Kai has always managed to maintain its charm while also balancing out its ever-growing cast of characters, and Season 5 is no exception. List provides some of the most heartfelt performances yet as a character that has grown far more complicated than when she was first introduced in Season 2.
Season 5 concentrates on adult drama, and it's all the better for it. With Yuji Okumoto maintaining his reputation as one of the greatest Karate masters in the series, he's a joy to watch in every scene he's in. We learn much more about the character who is going to be destroyed in the future, as well as the series as a whole.
Season 5 has some of the greatest fight scenes in the series to date, with some of the most outrageous and silly lines never losing their appeal. The series never loses the intensity that made us fall in love with it in the first place, and it never takes away from the more significant moments.
There are certain character arcs that are still repetitive; while Mouser does a terrific job as Sam, her plotline this season is a little too similar to what we've seen before, as Amanda once again questions and worries about Daniel's karate obsession. These kinds of issues aren't too serious, but it would be helpful if the series would take these characters in new directions that have only been suggested previously.
The series is clearly on track to have an outstanding sixth season, but it may be time to put an end to the dojo. Despite some minor flaws, Cobra Kai's latest installment shines a light on what's to come, while also dissecting the future.
Netflix will release all ten episodes of Cobra Kai Season 5 on September 9.