With any reboot sequence, it’s typically the Easter Eggs which can be probably the most endearing for longtime followers. The creators of Cobra Kai have been on level with this so Daniel’s return to Okinawa is full of homages to The Karate Kid Part II. Even that sequel had an early Easter egg, earlier than Easter eggs have been even a factor. When Daniel and Kumiko go dancing at a ‘50s retro club, the song that’s enjoying is “Rock Around the Clock.” That was the theme track to Happy Days – the ‘70s TV present the place Pat Morita had a recurring function because the proprietor of the soda store, Arnold Takahashi. Here are some methods wherein Cobra Kai season 3 performs homage to The Karate Kid Part II.
First, a reminder of simply what went down in The Karate Kid II. The sequel was probably the most financially profitable movie of the Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) tetralogy. It reunited virtually all of the forged from the primary movie, however just for segue cameos. The story picked up instantly the place the primary movie left off, proper after Daniel’s first victory on the All-Valley Karate Tournament. Kreese (Martin Kove) was so offended about Johnny (William Zabka) shedding that he begins to choke him. Choke holds are a choreographic motif echoed in later fights between Kreese and Johnny in Cobra Kai. Miyagi rescued Johnny from Kreese however as a substitute of ending him, he honks his nostril.
After that, Daniel and Miyagi left the remaining of the forged behind and travelled to Okinawa. Ali (Elisabeth Shue) didn’t return for the sequel. She was changed by Kumiko, a brand new love curiosity for Daniel. And Johnny stayed in California, so he was changed by a brand new rival, Chozen. Aside from the opening scene, the forged and site of the sequel is swapped out fully apart from Miyagi and Daniel. It was a daring transfer but it surely labored.
The finale struggle between Daniel and Chozen was flawed on a number of ranges. While Kumiko carried out a standard fan dance on a moat encircled platform within the heart courtyard of an historical citadel, Chozen swooped in and challenged Daniel to a struggle to the loss of life. However, Daniel suggestions over the bridge, the moat seems to be solely a couple of foot deep. There was a big viewers watching Kumiko’s dance recital however when Daniel and Chozen start their loss of life match, nobody tries to interrupt them up. Instead of intervening, Miyagi and the reformed Sensei Sato (Danny Kamekona) lead the viewers in twirling their spinning hand drums (generally known as den-den daiko) to encourage Daniel to make use of the brand new secret hand approach that Miyagi taught him. But if it’s a Miyagi-do secret, wouldn’t Chozen realize it too? He had the identical grandmaster as Daniel, Miyagi’s father (Charlie Tanemoto). And if it was so secret that Chozen didn’t know, why would the viewers perceive that the den-den daiko had something to do with Karate? The finale struggle is a foolish try and insert some poetry into the movie’s climax, but it surely doesn’t make a lot sense if you step again and take a look at it logically. In a painfully predictable conclusion, and an vital coup de grâce for the Cobra Kai Easter egg, their struggle ends precisely just like the one between Kreese and Miyagi initially of the movie. Instead of ending Chozen, Daniel honks his nostril.
Because The Karate Kid Part II was set in Okinawa, it was an outlier and difficult to weave into Cobra Kai. The den-den daiko has been proven a number of occasions, however that was so far as they may go. The solely logical method for Cobra Kai to evoke The Karate Kid Part II was to have Daniel return to Okinawa.