Cobra Kai: The Art of Being Washed Up

2021-ж., 12-фев.
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Cobra Kai, a series that picks up where the original Karate Kid trilogy left off, might seem like just another nostalgia cash grab. But what if Daniel and Johnny are actually teaching us about the dangers of living in the past? Let's find out in this Wisecrack Edition on Cobra Kai: The Problem of Nostalgia.
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00:00 - Intro
01:48 - Recap
02:24 - Nostalgia
06:55 - Reclaiming The Past
10:01 - When Nostalgia Goes Wrong
11:34 - Outro
Written by Ross McIndoe
Hosted by Michael Burns
Directed by Michael Luxemburg
Editing by Mark Potts
Video Title Card by Amanda Murphy
Produced by Evan Yee

#cobrakai #netflix #wisecrack
© 2021 Wisecrack / Omnia Media, Inc

  • These days, reboots are inevitable. What property are you surprised HASN'T been rebooted yet?

    WisecrackWisecrack2 ай мурун
    • Too many things have had... let's call them them "poor" reboots. Poor enough that I forget they've been rebooted. I literally just thought of 3 IP's that I would like to see rebooted, that I then remembered had already been rebooted and cancelled. "This recipe seemed to work great back then, so lets change the core of what made it work, and rake in the cash!"

      Alex W.Alex W.8 күн мурун
    • @Mark Jay definitely, I have been watching on Flixzone for since november myself :D

      Roger LawsonRoger Lawson9 күн мурун
    • A tip: watch series at flixzone. I've been using them for watching all kinds of movies recently.

      Mark JayMark Jay9 күн мурун
    • Now that Night Court is being rebooted, I expect Barney Miller also will be. Honestly, I hope not. The plethora of reboots shows to me the dearth of imagination.

      MnogojazykMnogojazyk10 күн мурун

      Evocati MediaEvocati Media27 күн мурун
  • i may actually watch this now lol "you dont have to be mr Miagi" thats heavy

    Charley EdwardsCharley Edwards10 күн мурун
  • It took me way too long to watch Cobra Kai because for the longest time I just assumed it was another shameless cash grab like all the others but after having watched it I'm so glad that I was wrong

    pemb binipemb bini10 күн мурун
  • I am sick of Nostalgic reboots, thankfully cobra kai isn't a nostaligic reboot, it's a faithful continuation of a badly mistreated franchise that seeks both to tell a good story and to critically examine the sea of gutless nostalgia cash ins it's surrounded by.

    HakonsGamingHakonsGaming17 күн мурун
  • Goonies

    Mike MedinaMike Medina20 күн мурун

    Evocati MediaEvocati Media27 күн мурун
  • My dad bought Coors Banquet help

    Cool Sponge DudeCool Sponge Dude27 күн мурун
  • I just wish the writing wasn't stuck in the 80s as well..... the overuse of bad tropes is brutal on the logical part of my brain

    Anthony GarciaAnthony GarciaАй мурун
  • Stillwell was there!

    Ben RosenBen RosenАй мурун
  • When talking about nostalgia and being hung up on their[Johnny and Daniel's] golden years an important point is that Kreese is also like this in a way. He is a war vet, most likely with some kind of PTSD who thinks he needs to train people(in this case, children) for war. It's why his way of trying to convince Johnny to join him is all about remembering & reliving the past. So Kreese is what an even older Johnny would potentially look like if he didn't begin to change.

    Kanga ZoosKanga ZoosАй мурун
  • Cobra Kai is my favourite show of the past three years. It hits all the right nostalgia points, it's JUST cheesy enough, and it's extremely well written and acted and all around entertaining. I love that it looks at the themes of bullying and toxic masculinity that the originals did, and shines them through a modern lens. Props especially to William Zabka and the writers, for taking a cookie cutter 80s high school bully and walking trope, and making him a very real, very flawed human being.

    Selene MacLeodSelene MacLeodАй мурун
  • I am 100% sure that the idea for Cobra Kai emerged when the actors made a guest appearance in how i met your mother.

    Άγγελος ΚαλαθάςΆγγελος ΚαλαθάςАй мурун
  • This show is so cringey. Kreese is such a loser.

    britipinojeffbritipinojeffАй мурун
  • The weakest part is Macchio. He's a bad actor. Daniel is a douche. Zabka certainly shines as Johnny.

    Sitou DienSitou Dien2 ай мурун
  • American karate is capitalized there for cheapened.

    eaglesclaws8eaglesclaws82 ай мурун
  • Definitely revenge of the nerda

    Knave of the windKnave of the wind2 ай мурун
  • Things I did not expect as a child nr. 87: someone will someday say 'the whole karate kid extended universe'.

    Daniël van GinkelDaniël van Ginkel2 ай мурун
  • For any writer wanting to reignite a franchise there are many lessons you can from watching Cobra Kai. Stop giving force awakens the credit it doesn’t deserve. It was a absolute blatant copy of the original Star Wars.

    Jason PypsAerisJason PypsAeris2 ай мурун
  • This is one of the best shows ever, no kidding. It's a wonderful series aimed to teenagers and adults of our times. There's a lot you can get from it. We don't need (nor want) Avatar: The Last Airbender live action, we have something way better COBRA KAI!

    Josué Miguel Rodríguez-VanegasJosué Miguel Rodríguez-Vanegas2 ай мурун
  • I think one of the greatest things about Cobra Kai is subverting your expectations from the start, by turning Johnny into the main hero and Daniel into the bully. They swapped positions, Daniel even forgot what Miyagi-Do was all about, and that struck me deeply because it's a story I can relate to in real life. The show made me think of Yin Yang ALOT while watching it, Daniel and Johnny obviously try to be better persons but are somewhat lost and therefor act for the wrong reasons, but Kreese is obviously bad and likes being bad, even though he spreads negativity for the right reasons (protecting those who are being manipulated and abused, like he was). I also love the cyberbullying aspect, because otherwise it would exactly be that stereotypical nostalgic show that only caters to 80's kids, but completely alienates the current generation of teenagers for that purpose. This is the perfect show for kids who grew up with Karate Kid who want to share their precious memories with kids of their own. It abridges generations and that's something we could use more of in our current society where everyone is isolated within their own media chamber. The only thing I'd disagree on is the fight between Johnny and Kreese being displayed as cheesy. This is an essential fight to Johnny's arc and it felt epic too. Finally he's standing up against his own bully and taking responsibility to protect his son.

    Google made me do itGoogle made me do it2 ай мурун

    Tony YulTony Yul2 ай мурун
  • Bring back Jared

    Victor MendezVictor Mendez2 ай мурун
  • Cobra Kai is awesome and loyal to the fans

    SpookrockcitySpookrockcity2 ай мурун
  • In season 4 they need to double their references to the San Fernando Valley, both in dialogue and visual scenes. That will keep the show genuine. 🟡🐍⚫️

    Van ShanVan Shan2 ай мурун
  • Cobra Kai is definitely not a cash cow and i think the best thing they could done was bring back the original actors as they would be the ones most people would remember and i mean there's still that animosity btwn johnny boi and laruso two idiots who can't seem to let go of the past very relatable to the current era but also just seeing this brings me back to the first time watching karate kid oh man nostalgia xD also also am i the only one who remembers daniel met a nice kumiko whatever happened to that i always wondered

    Emmanuel Wil-JeffEmmanuel Wil-Jeff2 ай мурун
  • I like the series. Season 3, to me, the best part was when Daniel went to Okinawa. The rest of the episodes, doesn't feel as strong. And in today's society, there is a tremendous amount of suspending of disbelief that is asked for, when it comes to the fights, the choreography and the lack of the follow up accountability - maybe a bit too much. But I think overall, it does a good job attracting a new generation to this iconic film franchise.

    Austin Kung Fu AcademyAustin Kung Fu Academy2 ай мурун
  • Don't say s*** about hair metal dude! Bon Jovi will live forever!!

    UltraPoseidonUltraPoseidon2 ай мурун
  • Sick on cheap crash grab nostalgia. Cobra Kai NAILS how to be a good show on it's own.

    Hermit CardHermit Card2 ай мурун
  • Season 1 was good but then it just started to fall off. Such as season 3 being trash.

    Dominic SpadaforaDominic Spadafora2 ай мурун
  • You lost me when you criticized hair metal.

    Shawn LinnellShawn Linnell2 ай мурун
  • Great video

    ScottScott2 ай мурун
  • Oh, Star Wars, You still have a lot to learn from Cobra Kai!

  • Ive always wondered this....Is Daniel or Ralph Maccio really white?

    christisn salaschristisn salas2 ай мурун
  • Karate Kid like a lot of other 80's Karate movies is really only enjoyable to watch by today's standards for comedic purposes. I think the series is good because it can make fun of itself, and acknowledges the shallow one-sidedness of the previous films. As it adds depth to characters, and through this, revives an old narrative with a fuller perspective and is without a doubt one of my favorite reboots.

    MarDGarMarDGar2 ай мурун
  • I think This youtuber could use some karate lessons

    Darth VaderDarth Vader2 ай мурун
  • There’s so much else to unpack with this show, too. The season 1 finale’s rehash of the movie’s climax brilliantly shows the hero’s victory as one of discomfort and tragedy- he won, but at cost of his empathy. And in season 2, his decision to show mercy to his rival instead lands him in a coma-he showed empathy, but nearly at the cost of his life. There’s so many themes about classism and how morality & ethics treat the poor differently than the rich. Plus the season 3 finale has an epically choreographed fight scene filmed in an astounding 90-second one take. The whole show is brilliant.

    Luke WilsonLuke Wilson2 ай мурун
  • They took a basic one dimensional characters struggle of Daniel vs. Johnny and gave the characters more depth and real backstory. Daniel though wasn't really an outcast like the newer members of Cobra Kai and definitely Johnny wasn't as mean spirited as the new bullies in the show. Yeah most nostalgia seems force fed but I like how they changed the storyline around. Now the struggle is against Creese who is more a villian and evil than Johnny ever was. I'm not a big fan of cheesy reboots as most of the old properties were utter crap like Full House and Saved By the Bell. I'm looking forward to see where they take the show next season. It's tough to keep a good storyline going for multiple seasons.

    Joshua BanksJoshua Banks2 ай мурун
  • Cobra kai season 1 was awesome, season 2 so so, and season 3 kinda shity

    Joe WeedJoe Weed2 ай мурун
  • Obviously not absolutely everything is right Johnny's worldview but our hypersensitive totalitarian culture could use a couple of doses of Johnny and a dose or two of Daniel along with several doses of Miyagi. You claim to embrace Miyagi, your crowd doesn't understand the first thing about a man like Miyagi. Miyagi knew the value of mercy for starters and always sought peace with his enemies.

    Wide And NerdyWide And Nerdy2 ай мурун
  • I just hope they end it on a good note. 6 seasons seem enough for a show that's quality over quantity. Season-1,2,3 becoming good teachers, season- 4,5,6 making good students.

    Dmalhar __Dmalhar __2 ай мурун
  • Ralph Macchio Ageless

    Sio MokofSio Mokof2 ай мурун
  • Tbh, daniel himself is initially very sceptical of miyagi's methods in the karate kid 1 movie and also accuses him of treating him like a slave lol.

    NarendraNarendra2 ай мурун
  • Bro it’s an 80 theme sheit ....

    Alejandro FloresAlejandro Flores2 ай мурун
  • "casual misogyny..." You sound like the kinda guy who could actually use some training from Sensei Lawrence.

    Nintendo KidNintendo Kid2 ай мурун
  • Cobra Kai's great. Awesome take on the Karate Kid franchise that's unique and seems to appeal to a wider audience. But unfortunately, it seems to be getting cheesier with each subsequent season.....

    TelluwideTelluwide2 ай мурун
  • I was with you until you dissed 80s hair metal. That shit still rocks.

    Chris EaglinChris Eaglin2 ай мурун
  • Its 80s nostalgia is sincere and earnest with a spoonful of cheese. Unlike WW84 actually set in the 80s yet feels like a shopping catalogue.

    Sitou DienSitou Dien2 ай мурун
  • Johnny's not bigoted. Hes just not pc. If he's bigoted against anything, it's being a pussy.

    david ludwigdavid ludwig2 ай мурун
  • I was sick of the nostalgia pandering even before it was popular.

    FaragarFaragar2 ай мурун
  • Wait Daniel is white?

    Victor The CollectorVictor The Collector2 ай мурун
  • I honestly think the show critiques the past (& nostalgia) as well as modern trends & ideas - and uses characters stuck between past & present to examine both. For example, the ongoing "hollow anti-bullying" drives at the school, in which its basically a running joke that the teachers don't care about the emotional well being of their students, only maintaining the right public image. Its "progress" that doesn't actually empower the students who are being bullied.

    Mark AdkinsMark Adkins2 ай мурун
  • Technically started off as a KGworld series.... but you know that since you’re a KGworldr right

    Bryan BenzBryan Benz2 ай мурун
  • Faith restored

    Alexandria MylesAlexandria Myles2 ай мурун
  • I enjoyed Cobra Kai. Why knock a fun show?

    Hero HourHero Hour2 ай мурун
  • Well thought and and written trips back like Cobra Kai work. Trying to re-capture lightning in a bottle by the reboot (recreate) route - doesn't. Hollywood does definitely need some original content. I enjoyed Cobra Kai for both the nostalgia and the character growth / writing. I was a teenager in the 80's, love hair-metal and hated 90's music / culture (ORIGINALLY), but I can see the flaws from that time (I had to have those flaws literally shoved in my face by the wife basically telling me to 'get over it'. Still love the nostalgia trips though, just try not to live in them.

    Geribaldi's GamesGeribaldi's Games2 ай мурун
  • Nope, just sick of BAD nostalgia re-boots;D

    Katherine SewardKatherine Seward2 ай мурун
  • Nothing wrong with hair metal! Lol, great vid. Keep up the great work. 🤘

    Jim ToobyJim Tooby2 ай мурун
  • Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan's Karate Kid isn't Karate. It should have been Kung Fu Kid not Karate Kid.

    Michael Joseph DimaanoMichael Joseph Dimaano2 ай мурун
  • The soy is strong with this one.

    Surfing CowboySurfing Cowboy2 ай мурун
  • Nostalgia, in my opinion, can be the worst thing for a franchise. Writers are forced into constraints that prevent them putting their own creativity, storing will feel same and characters will never change leaving behind a soulless cash grab. Fans also make this worse, when they refuse to have franchise change. Mortal Kombat fans want a remaster of their favourite of games, not new installments

    Nzosaba MatengeNzosaba Matenge2 ай мурун
  • Best video!

    Allysin LombardAllysin Lombard2 ай мурун
  • Why are you denigrating hair metal?

    Angie PughAngie Pugh2 ай мурун
  • yes, it's absurd. but I love it, binge watched the first two seasons recently for the first time and got hooked.

    Mike RoylanceMike Roylance2 ай мурун
  • This was a very intriguing analysis that made see things about this show in a much different perspective.

    Denbigh BrownDenbigh Brown2 ай мурун
  • Cobra Kai definitely restored my faith that remakes can be made well. It even got me to rewatch Karate Kid 1-3 again after some 20+ years and I loved them even more.

    ZzuesZzues2 ай мурун
  • "Shoulder pads and hair metal should be left exactly where they are." Yeah, tell that to Steel Panther bringing glam back, lol. Extreme metal for life! (No real hate for the glam metal band Steel Panther; just a humorous response.)

    Ninjhetto NLK3Ninjhetto NLK32 ай мурун
  • Nobody likes ёмi/grantѕ or You can pretend you like them, but, that is very sad life. Decent show.

    Miki FloksterMiki Flokster2 ай мурун
  • As an anthropologist I approve this well made video

    Aj AjajAj Ajaj2 ай мурун
  • Ohh I member......🫐

    This freaking GuyThis freaking Guy2 ай мурун
  • 😄People will sell ANYTHING... This video is a joke! Why single out "nostalgia sellers", Hollywood would sell their mothers if they could...! Also, the future is sold as well. Movies that portend futuristic dystopian worlds do this. People who make period films(e.g., westerns, war movies, classics, etc.) sell the PAST. I'd fear the person who hates nostalgia- that's a robot or something...😳

    NoctusNoctus2 ай мурун
  • The nostalgia has struck hard, it struck fast, and it had no mercy. And I love it all 😍

    chad jacobschad jacobs2 ай мурун
  • The thing is Corba Kai is not a reboot it’s a sequel they aren’t just remaking it like the failed Jaden Smith one. They are taking a world and building on the story in a meaningful way. Which is what sets it apart from other cash grabs.

    Kaged CreationsKaged Creations2 ай мурун
  • Cobra Kai is one thing youtube got Right

    Cameron SarmientoCameron Sarmiento2 ай мурун
  • What?!? Hair bands left in the 80s? No fucking way! :D

    Dumpster FireDumpster Fire2 ай мурун
  • the writing on that show is awful, but billy zabka is amazing. im glad you told me what happens,i cant stay with it long enough to find out. so this was good

    Carolina NulatienpoCarolina Nulatienpo2 ай мурун
  • "daydrinking and general misantropy"

    Davi ChavesDavi Chaves2 ай мурун
  • as a guy who grew up with karate kid I was ready to hate this show for being absolute trash and a nostalgic cash grab never have I been more happy to be wrong if you are going to use nostalgia this is how you do it by showing both the pros and cons thus keeping everything in balance

    TheCreepyproTheCreepypro2 ай мурун
  • Can't wait for you guys to review "The Expanse"!

    The Ethicist Philosophy ShowThe Ethicist Philosophy Show2 ай мурун
  • Story of my life.

    Alex LopezAlex Lopez2 ай мурун
  • Two karate donors committing gang violence is hilarious

    Larkin HancockLarkin Hancock2 ай мурун
  • the only reason ANYTHING should be rebooted is if they are going to recontextualize and examine it within the lense of Today. there's so much toxic masculinity messaging (and casual homophobia, misogyny, etc) in popular 80s films of yesteryear. so its great to see some of that addressed here. seeing a beloved property both criticized and appreciated, deconstructed and then reconstructed is so great. and i only wish they had ACTUAL asian (japanese specifically) characters in the reboot cause well that was a major oversight before tho at least the cast isnt all white people. but yeah like, all these reboots trying to replicate something from 20 or more years ago as if nothing has changed are often so bland and pointless. failing to realize why those properties resonated so well with the public at the time to begin with. sick of it tbh. even the reboots that i was originally excited about were disappointing let alone all the ones that were just unecessary from the get go. basically unless the writers want to pull a Cobra Kai like narrative then i dont need to see a remake or reboot of anything else. if u gonna resurrect an old franchise from the grave than do something interesting with it!

    Tai KTai K2 ай мурун
  • My memory of these films is a bit weird. I had been getting bullied in school for most of my life. My parents even switched schools in an attemt to make it stop, mostly because I refused to go to school anymore. So by the time I was nine I told a therapist about this problem and how my very christian strategy of turning the other cheek hadn't been getting me the results I desired. So she suggested that I fight back. So I left that therapy session, went to the video rental store (it was 1990) and rented the whole trilogy, took it home and binge watched it. The next day I went to school and resess came along. First bully showed up and I decided to fight back. Funny thing when you have autism, those natural restrictions on your muscle strength designed to protect your body from damaging itself don't always work, like for instance when you are angry. I went berserk. I only have a vague recollection of the fight, all I know is that I saw red, venting years of internalised anger and frustration and 6 kids needed to see the nurse for a myriad of mild to serious injuries. I even ripped one kids jeans in half while he was wearing them. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. While it worked, no one bullied me anymore after that, I was just as socially isolated being feared as I had been being awkward. Maybe more so. At the same time, the peace and quiet were a lifesaver. So my feelings about these movies are kind of heavily coloured by that experience and seeing Johnny struggle through this series with his own relationship to violence kind of resonated with the space in my life those movies hold. So for me it's a nostalgia hit. Albeit a complicated one.

    Evelien HeerensEvelien Heerens2 ай мурун
  • I watched Cobra Kai since its release on youtube red. I gave it a chance because I was a fan of the early Karate Kid films. I figured the Nostalgia would at least make it worthwhile. Here we are 3 seasons later and one of the biggest shows in the world. Crazy.

    FJ Ramos ArtFJ Ramos Art2 ай мурун
  • I wouldn't say that Cobra Kai is going out of it's way to slam nostalgia and the marketing practices associated. It really just a simple tale about how an obssesion with the past can corrupt the future. Not every piece of media is, or should be, an attack on the practices of the establishment.

    Jason YacintheJason Yacinthe2 ай мурун
  • 10:40-10:48 Laughs in Star Wars OT fans

    RajikageRajikage2 ай мурун
  • I finished season three. I must admit way back when they announced Cobra Kai, I was very skeptical about it working but now I'm a big fan of the series. Johnny's character just gets better and better and has a very satisfying arc from villain to hero - and the show earns this as he doesn't do an instant flip flop. Miguel and Johnny's relationship is great. Daniel and family are terrific (minus the snot nosed kid who thankfully has just one scene this season if I recall correctly). Regarding the last scene. Christ, that was pure gold. Daniel and students from all dojos at Miyagi-Do, Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight playing, ... and then Johnny walking in frame just when the heavy drums get rolling. Gold! Is it camp? Maybe. Does it work? Most definitely. Regarding camp, I think it has just the right amount and the show is very self aware that it has some ridiculous situations yet it works for me. I think the show is a very good example on how to bring back a decades old movie series, update its characters and continue their paths in satisfying ways, and introduce new characters that are actually interesting. You know, instead of subverting expectations (snicker, snicker), just maybe listen to your fans and surpass expectations - without taking a huge shit on the movies that came before. Cough, cough, Luke, Leia , Han, Rey cough, cough, puke ...

    Andy WongAndy Wong2 ай мурун
  • Amanda Larusso is the best character in the show

    Eric PayneEric Payne2 ай мурун
  • That was a good video 👍

    OUTSIDER40OUTSIDER402 ай мурун
  • Johnny is no bigot. Your woke review deserves a thumbs down, and that comes from a minority.

    nenabunenanenabunena2 ай мурун
  • Cobra Kai is, by far, the ultimate greatest satire of nostalgia. A clash of generations between parents and teenagers. Explaining in a documentary style about the dangers of living in the past.

    Jed HawkinsJed Hawkins2 ай мурун
    • @Hero Hour Martial arts is what we need in our society today. To toughen up the pussies running businesses and teach all the nerds and outcasts to defend themselves on a world of bullies. Survival of the fittest.

      Jed HawkinsJed Hawkins2 ай мурун
    • Why does everyone karate? I think it is false narrative

      Hero HourHero Hour2 ай мурун
  • Johnny looks like Roddy piper

    Brandon WBrandon W2 ай мурун
  • commercials sucks!

    Tobias AbeliusTobias Abelius2 ай мурун
  • Just be a woke soyboy and everything with turn out fine.

    Ray ClamRay Clam2 ай мурун
  • Lets be honest here, Cobra Kai is successful because the fan theories and the meme coming out from it. Fans has been challenging the movie for decades and probably sums it up in a place like reddit. Emergence of Netflix finally allow directors to take this kind of risk, other greenlighted series in Netflix have much shallow premise. Season 2 is where the brilliance comes in, as the team need to produce a new story aside from fan theories. Another surpirse are these actors still have it after so many years.

    anon neymousanon neymous2 ай мурун
  • This video has been flagged for being inappropriate due to reasons, "I am in this video and i don't like it"

    J LinJ Lin2 ай мурун
  • Season 1 was good. Season 2 was exactly what no one wanted.

    Controllers N PodcastsControllers N Podcasts2 ай мурун
  • You know what we definitely don't need, another 'child of BuzzFeed' KGworld review show. Fucking yawn.

    HtheorphanarianHtheorphanarian2 ай мурун
  • Misoginy? Pfff

    Yogiology by Marco VinicioYogiology by Marco Vinicio2 ай мурун
  • I love this show when it's the adults from the original trilogy. My only complaints is the show tends to go full CW with the kids, and my God they leveled up from nerds to pulling moves straight outta Dragon Ball Z in almost no time flat and it becomes High School Musical but with karate a bit too often. That, and serious spinal cord injury seems like something that can be essentially walked off with a quick montage. But I could watch Johnny and Daniels bromance all day.

    DarkStanleyDarkStanley2 ай мурун
  • I had dismissed cobra Kai as nostalgia pandering and wasn't gonna watch it, but now I kinda want to check it out

    alex phillipsalex phillips2 ай мурун