Cobra kai & The Karate Kid Saga
Cobra Kai became an instant hit when it was released on YouTube Red in May 2018.
Owing in part to its proper use of nostalgia, producing a new cast of characters. While demonstrating that 34 years later, the original stars of The Karate Kid have plenty of room to develop. Season 2 came with its success, with the character relationships playing a key role in the cast ‘s development. John Kreese ‘s return adding a wrinkle in the ongoing story of Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso.
GameMill Entertainment and Flux Games collaborated together with the developers of Cobra Kai to develop the video game Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues. The events of Season 2 making way for an even more dramatic Season 3 on Netflix. Styled similar to side-scrolling beat them ups like Streets of Rage and Double Dragon. The story of the game pays homage to various aspects of the storyline of the series. While still forging its own direction away from the Netflix series events.
Narrative & Its Characters
The narrative of the game, as told by Hawk and Demetri, skews greatly towards fantasy. Both of the characters telling the story from the viewpoint of their home dojos. Despite the exaggerated aspects of the gameplay, as shown by the in-game reports of “flaming kicks and freezing fists. ” The key elements of the gameplay and plot differ from the series’ story. Miguel being entirely playable and involved despite the incident at the end of Season 2 as part of the game’s narrative. However, with as much fantasy as there is in the game. There is a healthy reverence within the framing of the game ‘s narrative for elements of the Cobra Kai series.
Perhaps the greatest story telling in the plotline of the game comes. At the very beginning of the game in the alignments of both Eli “Crow” Moskowitz and Demetri. Demetri is swift to throw his old friend Hawk under the bus as they argue with each other in the principal’s office. He alleges that he has been brainwashed since he joined Cobra Kai. A mentality that pushes Demetri to join the Miyagi-Do Dojo during the early stages of Season 2. Hawk had already painted his hair red to further prove this. Symbolizing the change in character he had experienced from Season 1 to Season 2.
Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Has Its Own Place
Showrunner Hayden Schlossberg stated via Twitter outside the game itself that not only were the show writers involved in the game.
But the game covers both Cobra Kai Seasons 1 and 2, with hints and foreshadowing provided for the coming Season 3. With the game being used as a means of bridging. The distance between Seasons 2 and 3 and some Season 3 foreshadowing finding its way into the story of the game. It is safe to assume that even though the gameplay is adjacent to the plot element. Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues has its own place in the lore of the franchise.
“Cobra Kai” makes for interesting viewing as it strikes a balance between ‘The Karate Kid’ love and a desire to explore the viewpoint from which their crowd-pleasing underdog tale was told by Avildsen and company. The series opens with the climactic karate tournament of the first film, this time asking you to imagine how Johnny felt after Daniel gave his face a crushing crane blow.