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Karate Kid's Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are back together on the set of Cobra Kai

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Oct 25, 2017

For many of us, 1984's The Karate Kid was a seminal moment in time. It was a film that taught us we could all find a karate master who worked for our apartment building and who'd help us beat up the bullies at school. No, wait. That wasn't it.

In all sincerity, there's a big nostalgia factor to the story about Ralph Macchio's Daniel LaRusso and Pat Morita's Mr. Miyagi. The film was an underdog story that made us all want to learn karate and learn to hate Cobra Kai — specifically, William Zabka's Johnny Lawrence.

This nostalgia is likely what prompted the new YouTube Red series Cobra Kai. The sequel reunites both Macchio and Zabka 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament.

Entertainment Weekly got a look behind the scenes, and Macchio and Zabka look happy to be back.

So how have these characters fared over the last few decades?

Daniel's done OK for himself. He's married (not to Ali, so love is officially dead) to Amanda (Mom's Courtney Henggeler) and has a daughter, Samantha (Freakish's Mary Mouser), plus he runs the Valley's No. 1 car dealership.

Meanwhile, Johnny Lawrence doesn't seem to have turned his life around after realizing that Daniel deserved that trophy all those years ago. He's down on his luck and living in Reseda, drunk, angry and doing odd jobs for money.

That changes when he and Daniel cross paths again. Apparently, the rivalry heats up again (because no one learns from their mistakes?) and Johnny decides to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo.

In addition to both Henggeler and Mouser, the new cast includes Xolo Maridueña (Parenthood) as new Cobra Kai member Miguel Diaz and Tanner Buchanan (Designated Survivor) as Johnny’s son Robby, who seems to be following in his father's high school footsteps.

Also slated is a guest appearance by Ed Asner as Johnny’s stepfather Sid Weinberg.

Cobra Kai is written and executive-produced by Hot Tub Time Machine's Josh Heald and Harold and Kumar creators Hayden Schlossberg & Jon Hurwitz. Given that background, it's possible we may see a little bit of humor here, which may be exactly the right way to bring this back all these years later.

The big question is, will we get this sort of montage greatness in the new series?

Cobra Kai is set to debut on YouTube Red in 2018.

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