Heroes and Villains Unite for the All Valley Tournament
Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso are back for another season of Cobra Kai. When we last left our sensei team, they had united their competing dojos – Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang – in order to stop John Kreese and Cobra Kai. The deal was simple – if Cobra Kai lost in the upcoming All Valley Tournament, it would disband.
Thanks to Netflix, we (amongst many hundreds if not thousands of others) took part in an online premiere event to watch the first episode on Tuesday, December 28th – or three days before the series premiere. Enjoy our spoiler-free review of the first episode!
The episode picks up immediately where the season three finale ended. We’re treated to a few moments where the show’s original charm returns – an immediate reflection of what Daniel LaRusso training versus Johnny Lawrence training looks like. We’re also gifted with the joys of watching two characters who, at the end of the day, just have too many issues with each other.
We get some time to catch up with some of our favorite teen characters like Miguel, Samantha, Robby, and Tory. While Hawk is in the first episode and has a pivotal moment for the overall story of the episode, the focus is not on him. Instead, the episode’s focus really falls on four separate story line branches – Daniel and Johnny, Miguel and Samantha, Robby and Tory, and John Kreese and the mystery character he’s attempting to recruit to Cobra Kai.
The directing of the first episode of season 4 is top-notch, especially with the ending. It leaves you pumped up and ready to hit “Next Episode”. If you’re a fan of Cobra Kai then consider this a warning – you are in danger of binging the entire season in a single sitting.
Cobra Kai Season IV is available New Year’s Eve (December 31st) only on Netflix.