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Netflix’s ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3 Episode-by-Episode Review

Netflix’s ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3 Episode-by-Episode Review

Cobra Kai Season 3 has arrived!

When we last saw the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do students, they were battling it out at West Valley High in a karate free-for-all that left Miguel—who showed his opponent mercy and took a kick to the face for doing so—in critical condition, with a broken back. Although the consequences of this in-school brawl were hinted at in the Cobra Kai Season 2 finale, Season 3 opens with the promise to further explore the lasting effects of this brawl while also placing Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, who both failed as sensei, on a path toward redemption.

Reviews: There are some spoilery details abound; proceed with caution if you haven’t already watched each episode.

Netflix

Episode 1 “Aftermath”

From the studio: Miguel’s fighting for his life, Robby’s missing, and Daniel and Johnny’s reputations are in tatters as the community reacts to the West Valley brawl.

Review & RecapCobra Kai Season 3 opens with an in-coma dream sequence of Miguel defending his All Valley Championship; this short scene is then followed by a shot of a comatose Miguel cementing the fact that Miguel is literally fighting to stay alive.

The Season 3 premiere then proceeds to check in with all of the major players in the series: Johnny’s drinking heavily, again, and getting into fights; business is bad for Daniel and the family business; Robby is missing; and the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do kids still have their beef. Before long, Daniel is out searching for Robby and Johnny is making a valiant attempt to get into the ICU to visit Miguel.

“Aftermath” is as telling as it is entertaining, making for a well-balanced first episode. While a whole lot of momentum isn’t generated for the season, viewers are quickly and efficiently reacquainted with Cobra Kai. If it’s been less than a year since you watched Season 2, this season debut may fail to satisfy.

The Bottom Line: “Aftermath” accomplishes its task by reminding viewers of the mess that Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence have gotten their students, and themselves, into while also providing good reason to stick around for just one more episode before calling it a night.

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Episode 2 “Nature vs Nurture”

From the studio: Daniel and Johnny team up to find Robby. Miguel faces an uncertain future. Kreese tries to bring Tory back to Cobra Kai.

Review & Recap: With less work to do than the Season 3 premiere, I was hopeful that “Nature vs Nurture” would reimmerse viewers in the Cobra Kai world and further expand the story; while I wasn’t completely engrossed, I wasn’t dissatisfied, either.

“Nature vs Nurture” opens with a flashback to the San Fernando Valley, 1965, that sees some jocks giving a waiter at a diner a terribly tough time. As it turns out, the waiter is a young John Kreese. These flashback scenes are disbursed throughout the episode and work well to further define Kreese who, up until now, had been a relatively two-dimensional character. With these flashback sequences, viewers become privy to some of what motivates Kreese. Thus, when Kreese bonds with Tory, and eventually gets her enrolled back at Cobra Kai, you can’t help but like the guy…even if its just a little bit…

The Daniel and Johnny roadshow continues until the two come across the stolen Dodge Caravan and find themselves in a chop shop, fighting off a team of greased-up bad guys. The two split at the garage, and as Johnny goes to visit Miguel, Daniel gets tipped off about Robby location.

As I’m sure you could have guessed from the Season 3 promo materials, Miguel wakes up and his initial reaction to his sensei isn’t all that pleasant. Daniel meets Robby at his mother’s rehabilitation facility and promptly turns him over to the police…way to go LaRusso.

The Bottom Line: By transporting viewers to a 1965 San Fernando Valley and providing a closer look at John Kreese, another layer of depth that works to pique interests further is added to the series, and the Daniel and Johnny roadshow works well and is humorous, but inevitably ends in a predictable fashion. A solid second episode nonetheless. 

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Episode 3 “You’re Gonna Pay”

From the studio: Daniel’s tarnished public image takes a toll on his sales, leading to a takeover offer. Johnny tries to raise money for Miguel’s surgery.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 4 “The Right Path”

From the studio: Following and important meeting in Japan, Daniel revisits Mr. Miyagi’s hometown on Okinawa. Johnny attempts to reconnect with Robby.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 5 “Miyagi-Do”

From the studio: In Okinawa, Daniel spends time with an old friend – and an old enemy, who has much to teach him. The dueling dojos’ rivalry comes to a nasty head.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 6 “King Cobra”

From the studio: Miguel helps Johnny craft the perfect social media message. Kreese scouts new recruits while Daniel and Amanda try to shut down Cobra Kai.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 7 “Obstaculos”

From the studio: Daniel spends some father-daughter time with a traumatized Sam, Johnny plans to form a new karate dojo but struggles to come up with a cool name.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 8 “The Good, The Bad, and the Badass”

From the studio: Informed that this year’s All Valley Karate Tournament is being canceled, the three competing sensei attend a city council meeting to save it.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 9 “Feel the Night”

From the studio: It’s Christmastime in the Valley, and romance is in the air. Daniel and Miguel find unexpected common ground, and the Cobra Kai recruits go on a mission.

The Bottom Line: While being both entertaining and humorous, the season loses a bit of momentum in this the penultimate episode of the season. Though it was quite enjoyable watching Johnny spend time reconnecting with Ali.

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Episode 10 “December 19“

From the studio: Old wounds begin to heal at a country club holiday party, but a brutal assault by Kreese’s students leads to new betrayals and alliances.

The Bottom Line: An excellent conclusion to what has been an impressive third season; this final chapter is dramatic, filled with great character moments, and is packed-tight with action. And, much like the Season 2 finale, it leaves viewers eager to start binge watching another season.

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Cobra Kai Season 3 has arrived!

When we last saw the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do students, they were battling it out at West Valley High in a karate free-for-all that left Miguel—who showed his opponent mercy and took a kick to the face for doing so—in critical condition, with a broken back. Although the consequences of this in-school brawl were hinted at in the Cobra Kai Season 2 finale, Season 3 opens with the promise to further explore the lasting effects of this brawl while also placing Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, who both failed as sensei, on a path toward redemption.

Reviews: There are some spoilery details abound; proceed with caution if you haven’t already watched each episode.

Netflix

Episode 1 “Aftermath”

From the studio: Miguel’s fighting for his life, Robby’s missing, and Daniel and Johnny’s reputations are in tatters as the community reacts to the West Valley brawl.

Review & RecapCobra Kai Season 3 opens with an in-coma dream sequence of Miguel defending his All Valley Championship; this short scene is then followed by a shot of a comatose Miguel cementing the fact that Miguel is literally fighting to stay alive.

The Season 3 premiere then proceeds to check in with all of the major players in the series: Johnny’s drinking heavily, again, and getting into fights; business is bad for Daniel and the family business; Robby is missing; and the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do kids still have their beef. Before long, Daniel is out searching for Robby and Johnny is making a valiant attempt to get into the ICU to visit Miguel.

“Aftermath” is as telling as it is entertaining, making for a well-balanced first episode. While a whole lot of momentum isn’t generated for the season, viewers are quickly and efficiently reacquainted with Cobra Kai. If it’s been less than a year since you watched Season 2, this season debut may fail to satisfy.

The Bottom Line: “Aftermath” accomplishes its task by reminding viewers of the mess that Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence have gotten their students, and themselves, into while also providing good reason to stick around for just one more episode before calling it a night.

Score:  

Netflix

Episode 2 “Nature vs Nurture”

From the studio: Daniel and Johnny team up to find Robby. Miguel faces an uncertain future. Kreese tries to bring Tory back to Cobra Kai.

Review & Recap: With less work to do than the Season 3 premiere, I was hopeful that “Nature vs Nurture” would reimmerse viewers in the Cobra Kai world and further expand the story; while I wasn’t completely engrossed, I wasn’t dissatisfied, either.

“Nature vs Nurture” opens with a flashback to the San Fernando Valley, 1965, that sees some jocks giving a waiter at a diner a terribly tough time. As it turns out, the waiter is a young John Kreese. These flashback scenes are disbursed throughout the episode and work well to further define Kreese who, up until now, had been a relatively two-dimensional character. With these flashback sequences, viewers become privy to some of what motivates Kreese. Thus, when Kreese bonds with Tory, and eventually gets her enrolled back at Cobra Kai, you can’t help but like the guy…even if its just a little bit…

The Daniel and Johnny roadshow continues until the two come across the stolen Dodge Caravan and find themselves in a chop shop, fighting off a team of greased-up bad guys. The two split at the garage, and as Johnny goes to visit Miguel, Daniel gets tipped off about Robby location.

As I’m sure you could have guessed from the Season 3 promo materials, Miguel wakes up and his initial reaction to his sensei isn’t all that pleasant. Daniel meets Robby at his mother’s rehabilitation facility and promptly turns him over to the police…way to go LaRusso.

The Bottom Line: By transporting viewers to a 1965 San Fernando Valley and providing a closer look at John Kreese, another layer of depth that works to pique interests further is added to the series, and the Daniel and Johnny roadshow works well and is humorous, but inevitably ends in a predictable fashion. A solid second episode nonetheless. 

Score:  

Episode 3 “You’re Gonna Pay”

From the studio: Daniel’s tarnished public image takes a toll on his sales, leading to a takeover offer. Johnny tries to raise money for Miguel’s surgery.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 4 “The Right Path”

From the studio: Following and important meeting in Japan, Daniel revisits Mr. Miyagi’s hometown on Okinawa. Johnny attempts to reconnect with Robby.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 5 “Miyagi-Do”

From the studio: In Okinawa, Daniel spends time with an old friend – and an old enemy, who has much to teach him. The dueling dojos’ rivalry comes to a nasty head.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 6 “King Cobra”

From the studio: Miguel helps Johnny craft the perfect social media message. Kreese scouts new recruits while Daniel and Amanda try to shut down Cobra Kai.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 7 “Obstaculos”

From the studio: Daniel spends some father-daughter time with a traumatized Sam, Johnny plans to form a new karate dojo but struggles to come up with a cool name.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 8 “The Good, The Bad, and the Badass”

From the studio: Informed that this year’s All Valley Karate Tournament is being canceled, the three competing sensei attend a city council meeting to save it.

The Bottom Line: Coming Soon

Score: Score:  

Episode 9 “Feel the Night”

From the studio: It’s Christmastime in the Valley, and romance is in the air. Daniel and Miguel find unexpected common ground, and the Cobra Kai recruits go on a mission.

The Bottom Line: While being both entertaining and humorous, the season loses a bit of momentum in this the penultimate episode of the season. Though it was quite enjoyable watching Johnny spend time reconnecting with Ali.

Score:  

Episode 10 “December 19“

From the studio: Old wounds begin to heal at a country club holiday party, but a brutal assault by Kreese’s students leads to new betrayals and alliances.

The Bottom Line: An excellent conclusion to what has been an impressive third season; this final chapter is dramatic, filled with great character moments, and is packed-tight with action. And, much like the Season 2 finale, it leaves viewers eager to start binge watching another season.

Score:  

Charlie Chipman
Charlie Chipman
The kind of guy who almost always ends his e-mails with, "Cheers," Charlie serves as Editor-in-Chief here at The Brazen Bull where he often reviews comic books and television shows. His favorite punctuation mark is the interrobang‽

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