The first reviews for Cobra Kai are now in, and it sounds like the hit Karate Kid sequel series has delivered another knockout punch. Or, if you prefer, crane kick. Starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, Cobra Kai Season 5 is due to premiere on Netflix later this week. So, let’s take a look at what critics think of the latest outing for Cobra Kai thus far…
Beginning with Molly Edwards of Games Radar, Cobra Kai Season 5 is described as “Another rock-solid installment in the Karate Kid saga,” with the critic giving the latest series a hugely impressive 4/5.
“Once the season finds its footing, it’s another rock-solid installment in the Karate Kid saga. There’s also a jaw-dropping, air-punching finale so good that it’s easily the best episode of the series yet. And, yes, there are some major teases of unresolved plot threads that would need at least one more season to tie together… Here’s hoping Netflix allows Cobra Kai to return for its victory lap.”
The praise continues with Nate Richard from Collider, who awarded Cobra Kai’s latest season another impressive score of A- and describes the show as being “Bigger, Sillier, and (Still) A Total Blast.”
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“Cobra Kai Season 5 is a showcase of the best elements of the series, despite a bit of roughness around the edges. The latest installment features some big laughs and impressive fights but also sheds a light on what’s to come without feeling like it’s just a set-up for the next season.”
Joblo’s Alex Maidy also applauds the fifth season, giving it 8/10 despite some issues in the first few episodes.
“Overall, Cobra Kai‘s fifth season is still a welcome and fun season of a surprisingly good show that falls a little short due to the inconsistent first and second half of the season. But, like Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang, sometimes different styles can come together to create something special.”
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Slashfilm’s Rafael Motamayor meanwhile declares that “We’re in the Endgame Now,” feeling that Cobra Kai is now nearing its end.
“The initial premise of this story was that these two kids from the ’80s could not move past something that happened 40 years prior, and while there are still issues to revolve, we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel where Daniel and Johnny can embrace a life beyond the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. As Johnny would say, that’s badass.”
The applause continues courtesy of Trent Moore of Paste Magazine who, while finding a few issues with the story, concludes that Cobra Kai is as fun as it ever was.
“Put simply: If you fully embrace the absurdity of this world, Season 5 is a blast. But if you stop for a few seconds and think a little too hard about some of the story beats and twists, the seams start to show. But even with the seams, Cobra Kai remains as wildly compelling and fun as ever.”
Finally, CBR’s Sam Stone calls season 5 “gleefully over-the-top” and “just as entertaining” as the previous season.
“Sporting a relatively harder edge than in previous arcs, Season 5 continues the show’s love letter to The Karate Kid Part III than began in Season 4 and satisfyingly delivers on several major plot lines. Though there is a feeling that the revival series has played out its biggest and best tricks, Cobra Kai still knows how to show its fans a good time as it continues its winning streak.”
Following the shocking results of the All-Valley Tournament, Cobra Kai Season 5 finds Terry Silver expanding the Cobra Kai empire. With Kreese behind bars and Johnny Lawrence setting karate aside to focus on repairing the damage he’s caused; Daniel LaRusso must call on an old friend for help.
Cobra Kai Season 5 is due to land on Netflix on September 9.