Becoming one of the most fan-loved franchises, The Karate Kid (1984) followed the journey of young teenagers who learn Martial Arts to stand up to bullies. They were taught by a martial arts teacher referred to as Mr.Miyagi. The story has now been revived into a series called Cobra Kai.
Cobra Kai is a follow-up from the first film of the franchise, giving an interesting twist to the hero-villain dynamic. It sees Ralph Macchio and William Zabka return to their roles, but frenemies this time.
Cobra Kai’s revival of characters from the movies
The series has seen many of the original cast members return to the follow-up series, including Terry Silver played by Thomas Ian Griffith, Martin Kove as John Kreese, and Yuji Okumoto as Chosen.
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Commenting on his return in season 4 as the series antagonist and reviving Cobra Kai dojo to its toxic heights, Thomas Griffith stated in an interview with Vulture:
“Karate Kid III was my first film, so it was always such a part of me. But I had no interest in repeating anything I’d done in the past, so it was really refreshing to hear I could take this archetypal villain from the ’80s and show some different colors.”
Mike Barnes returns to take revenge
For the uninitiated, Mike Barnes played by Sean Kanan was the antagonist in The Karate Kid Part III. The teenager was trained by Terry Silver and Kreese to cripple Daniel LaRusso and was far less sympathetic than Johnny in retrospect.
Even though his return is unexplained, it’ll be an interesting addition as the Cobra Kai alum’s actions at the All Valley Tournament resulted in the dojo being banned from the competition and lead to its closing. Many fans believe the character might help Terry Silver run his ‘no mercy’ dojo.