When I first saw "Cobra Kai" in my newsfeed, I didn't even watch the trailer. I mean, there had been several rebooted 80s IPs in the recent months that had turned the old material into comedies that didn't do too well. Like every other person my age who grew up in the 1980s, The Karate Kid was essential viewing. I thought a Cobra Kai was another cash grab comedy banking on nostalgia, so I didn't give it much attention and forgot about watching the trailer let alone the series.
And then it dropped. I watched the trailer. Wow.
First episodes free? OK, the worst thing that could happen is that I'd lose thirty minutes of my life or so.
I was sold.
I am so glad YouTube Red decided to give a free sample. I would have never watched it otherwise. Guess you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. The Cobra Kai series is brilliant. The series is leagues beyond anything I ever expected it to be. It has just enough callbacks to make you smile but has a new and compelling story from multiple points of view. All relaunches of old material should take notes.
At the risk of sounding like a midnight infomercial, I know some of you are like me and didn't want to give Cobra Kai a chance. If you are on the fence, watch the opening episodes for free and see what you think before making a decision.
Now, I have to wait for Season 2.