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I like Cobra Kai, but...

Posted 1 Month ago by Cactus Pants

Is this really where society is going? Where we're so bankrupt of good ideas for new IPs, that we just endlessly rehash and remake and add sequels to existing IPs, and even ones that we have to dig out of the grave from the freaking 80s? I mean don't get me wrong, it's an entertaining show and well put together, but modern kids who know MMA would curb stomp these kids. How much of my disbelief am I supposed to ignore when the bulk of the best scenes are indeed the action scenes? It's so over the top ridiculous that it could be an anime. And if Daniel-san says "This is what Mr Miyagi would do", or, "Mr Miyagi's favorite ___ was ___" again, I'm gonna pull what little hair I have left, out. It was wholesome the first 15 times but the next 30 not so much.

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There are worse remakes. Just look at Disney ruining all their properties...

1 Month ago
mariomguy
 

For sure. I'm actually impressed with what they were able to do with such a niche IP here actually.

1 Month ago
Cactus Pants
 

And if Daniel-san says "This is what Mr Miagi would do", or, "Mr Miyagi's favorite ___ was ___" again-

Very much this.
I enjoy the show somewhat, but it's extremely campy, for better or for worse.

1 Month ago
Axem Metal
 

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1 Month ago
Axem Metal
 

I liked season 1 but I dont believe I ever went back to watch season 2. I dont mind sequels or remakes of existing IPs if they are good. Cobra Kai is pretty good.

The original IP I enjoyed that is set in the 80s is Stranger things. You should watch it OP.

1 Month ago
S.O.H.
 

Is this really where society is going? Where we're so bankrupt of good ideas for new IPs, that we just endlessly rehash and remake and add sequels to existing IPs, and even ones that we have to dig out of the grave from the freaking 80s?


I'm not sure where you have been but this has been happening for a LOOOOOOONG time. like for atleast 20 years, if not longer.

I mean don't get me wrong, it's an entertaining show and well put together, but modern kids who know MMA would curb stomp these kids.


It depends on the person's karate skill and the style/skill of MMA fighter he/she are up against. MMA is by definition Mixed Martial Arts, and Karate is a type of Martial Arts. I dare you to go up to a person who has been studying karate for a while and tell them they'd lose to a MMA fighter and see how that goes for you.

How much of my disbelief am I supposed to ignore when the bulk of the best scenes are indeed the action scenes? It's so over the top ridiculous that it could be an anime.


I guess it depends on your tastes. If you were a fan of the original Karate Kid movies than the show doesn't seem that way. I think Cobra Kai does very well when it focuses on character interaction like when Daniel and Johnny are forced to do things together and they start to realize that they are more alike than they realize. The ending to Season 3 was very well done.

1 Month ago
Q
 

It's especially frustrating sometimes with like, comics too. I remember reading some comics and realizing that this was clearly a soft launch of a particular concept that they were testing to see if they could bring it into the movies.

I definitely think there needs to be more originality in Hollywood, but it's worth noting that remakes and adaptations have always been a staple of the industry. There still are original ideas coming out in all mediums. And something being a remake or adaptation doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be unoriginal. (One of my favorite adaptations was Starship Troopers, which literally took the book and decided to adapt in a way that effectively challenges the book.) Or, one of the best shows I watched of the past year was Ted Lasso, which I thought was beautifully original for comedy show. And that was an adaptation of like, a commercial segment for a sports show! You can take long-standing franchises and tell good and original stories through that.

But it's definitely hard to imagine something like another Spielberg coming up in Hollywood today. The closest I think you get is Christopher Nolan, and I don't even think that's quite the accurate comparison.

1 Month ago
Jet Presto
 

Let us consider the possibility of good things that can come, not necessarily from remakes, but from iterations of a franchise. Melee was better than the original Smash Bros. Super Mario Bros. 3 was better than the original SMB, which was better than the original Mario Bros, and Donkey Kong. Not just games, but Batman: The Animated Series, despite being considered a classic and originator of sorts was actually released closer to a century after the character's first outing in the comics and many, many, many generations of changes.

Creativity is a really good thing. It's just, the roulette tends to favor awful, and when you have to follow up something amazing, chances are you can't surpass it. So most creators try something different. The different things tend to alienate old fans, bring on new ones, and cause divisions. Some things are better, other things are worse, but if you love a franchise or series, just know the one thing you love is not going to stay forever.

1 Month ago
mariomguy
 

I am only on I think season one, and honestly think it is OK. Not the best thing ever, but it is entertaining.

3 Weeks ago
RikaxNipah
 

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