Cobra Kai Season 4 brings the laughs, the drama, and ends with the nail-biting cliffhanger we’ve come to expect from the franchise. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
Netflix’s Cobra Kai season 4 drops on the streaming service this Friday, December 31st. The hit series made its way onto Netflix earlier last year, after first debuting its first two seasons on YouTube Red. At the end of season 3, fans saw Johnny and Daniel join forces to team up against John Kreese and Cobra Kai. Season 4 picks up exactly where season 3 left off, and brings back The Karate Kid III’s bad guy, Terry Silver. Check out all the details in my parents guide review.
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Cobra Kai Season 4 Parents Guide
Season 4 finds the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang dojos joining forces to take down Cobra Kai at the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament… and whoever loses must hang up their gi. As Samantha and Miguel try to maintain the dojo alliance and Robby goes all in at Cobra Kai, the fate of the Valley has never been more precarious. What tricks does Kreese have up his sleeve? Can Daniel and Johnny bury their decades-long hatchet to defeat Kreese? Or will Cobra Kai become the face of karate in the valley?
Cobra Kai Season 4 Age Appropriate Parents Guide
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Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Cobra Kai season 4.
Language: Cobra Kai season 4 contains strong language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, sh*t, b*tch, p*&&y, d*ck, d*mn, hell, balls, and more.
Mature Content: As expected, the new season contains lots of violence and fighting, along with kids being put into dangerous situations while training for the tournament. The characters are shown consuming alcohol. There is a major theme of bullying this season, and one particular character is bullied and terrorized by kids at school. There is also a character brought back that is psychotic, who causes physical harm to characters, as well as other problems.
Cobra Kai season 4 picks right up where season 3 left off, and it does a lot. With Johnny and Daniel now teamed up to defeat Kreese and Cobra Kai, hilarity ensues as they attempt to train together while still holding a tinge of rivalry between them. The dynamics and banter between the two as they try to get along for the sake of both their dojos bring along so much of the series’ humor that makes the show so compelling. In fact, I would dare to say the comedy in the first half of season 4 has some of the funniest moments and zingers audiences have experienced since the first season.
While the first half of Cobra Kai season 4 brings the comedy, the second half brings the drama, as The Karate Kid III baddie, Terry Silver, joins forces with Kreese. Thomas Ian Griffith reprises his role as Silver, complete with his trademark long locks, which he tightly pulls back into a ponytail as he unleashes psychological violence on those who oppose him. The question that arises early on in the season is: Is Silver more mature and well-balanced since viewers last saw him many moons ago? Or will fans witness a revival of the brutality once reflected in the Cobra Kai dojo with Kreese and Silver at the helm? Either way, Silver’s return is definitely going to get into the heads of those who remember him, which is exactly what Kreese is hoping to do.
Cobra Kai season 4 does a terrific job of focusing on the drama between the OG karate masters and the students, who have issues of their own. Surprisingly, Miguel seems to be relegated to the backburner this season, so much so that it has this author wondering if the writers are slowly writing him out of the series. Tory and Sam continue their feud, but things get a little tricky when Amanda LaRusso interferes a bit in their rivalry. Robby continues to deal with his daddy issues, and Hawk has to live with the repercussions of betraying his old teammates. This season also welcomes newcomer Kenny, played by Dallas Dupree Young, a bullied teen who has connections to Robby. Kenny’s entrance offers a chance for the youngest LaRusso, Anthony, to have a significant storyline for the first time in the series.
The new season is packed with storylines as new characters are introduced, and the teams are preparing for the big tournament. As a result of the heavily weighed down story this season, the pacing is slower, and viewers see less action than in previous seasons. While this change of pace might turn off some, the essence of the new season still contains everything that makes the franchise such a success. There are some surprises, to be sure, as not everything is as predictable as one may think. Many had surmised that the show wouldn’t last longer than a season or two, but surprisingly, this series isn’t running on fumes just yet. As soon as you think there is no where else to go, the writers throw in a curveball that portends great things to come. With the news of Cobra Kai season 5 just wrapping up filming, it is safe to say there is mercy left in this dojo!