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  1. Am about half way through S1. This YouTube! original is maddeningly close to great, especially for those of us who have a sentimental attachment to The Karate Kid. But...it feels stuck between an unresolved conflict of which direction it wants to go. At the end of one episode, Daniel says to Johnny something like "this will never be over between us." So it's a mythic, cyclical repetition. That's kinda dull. But at other times it seems like it wants to be an inversion. Daniel is the rich guy now and Johnny is a working shlub. Daniel's daughter is entitled (though more hanging around with rich bad girls) and she and her friends hit Johnny's car and run away. Johnny is the one who intervenes when a kid is getting bullied (by the guy who is dating Daniel's daughter). This part is sorta interesting. But it feels like it pulls back, too afraid of messing with the Daniel is a nice guy narrative. The daughter begins to see the guy is a jerk. When Daniel tries to use money to sabotage Johnny's business, his wife calls him on it and he confesses to Miyagi's grave that he is letting anger win: boom, instant reformation. I suspect that this is going to turn into an explanation of *why* kids respond to Cobra Kai initially but stay safely on the side of claiming Daniel's is the better way. We'll see. Any other viewers?
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