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Highly Suspect Reviews: Cobra Kai Season 1

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A television series set thirty years after the original The Karate Kid? Produced by and distributed through YouTube Red? Written and directed by the teams behind Harold and Kumar and Hot Tub Time Machine? None of this sounds like a recipe for success. So how in the world did Cobra Kai end up being so nuanced and emotionally involving? Well, the writers made it The Karate Kid meets Warrior. That’s how!

Justin Zarian and Unapologetic Geek Out‘s Nick Thyes give you all the reasons why you should strike fast and without mercy to sign up for a YouTube Red free trial just to watch this. Bolstered by a strong ensemble cast headlined by William Zapka and Ralph Macchio, along with a script that mines character depth through well-paced plot developments, it’s a fast and solidly entertaining binge that will leave you eagerly awaiting a second season.

There will be minor spoilers discussed near the very end, but you can get a comprehensive non-spoiler review up to the 33:50 mark and walk away satisfied with our analysis.

The first two episodes are available for free without YouTube Red in the links below:
Episode 1 – “Ace Degenerate” 
Episode 2 – “Strike First” 

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.