It helps that Johnny is a genuinely complicated character, someone who has clearly experienced a lot of hardship, yet who still embraces distasteful remnants of his teenage years, starting with that “Strike First. Strike Hard. No Mercy” mantra. As for Daniel, having grown into an accomplished adult doesn’t mean he’s totally shed dining out on his old karate glory days.
With so much nostalgia out there — and more sure to come thanks to “Roseanne’s” recent ratings — “Cobra Kai” has landed at just the right time. And as we’ve seen with Hulu and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” it only takes a few well-placed hits — and kicks — to put a fledgling program service on the map.
“Cobrai Kai” premieres May 2 on YouTube Red.