So far, most of the promotional material for the YouTube Red original series Cobra Kai has highlighted its place as a sequel to '80s classic The Karate Kid, so we've been seeing a lot of returning stars William Zabka and Ralph Macchio as Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso, respectively. The show revolves around the titular dojo, though, and both Johnny and Daniel are fathers now, so eventually we were bound to get around to more detailed introductions to the new players in the Karate Kid. Now three new teasers are here to show us the next generation.
In case you haven't been following the story so far, Cobra Kai picks up years after Daniel and Johnny's fateful match at the All Valley Karate Tournament. Daniel is a successful car dealer (and kind of a jerk), while Johnny is...not. The former Cobra Kai student is having a bit of a rough life, until the night he intervenes in a moment of teen bullying, reviving his skills and gaining interest from a kid who wants to be his student. So, hoping to turn his life around and maybe change some young lives in the process, Johnny reopens Cobra Kai as its sensei, while Daniel grows ever more suspicious of his former rival's motives.
Sounds fun, right? Sure, but it's not the whole story. Johnny's set up to be the mentor figure now, and Daniel could end up at least slightly villainous, but none of that matters if young minds aren't there to be influenced. Enter Miguel (Xolo Mariduena), Samantha (Mary Mouser), and Robby (Tanner Buchanan). They might not all end up as Karate Kids themselves, but they're all going to have big parts to play in this story.
Miguel is pretty easy to recognize if you've been watching the other trailers. He's the kid who was pushed onto Johnny's car by those mean teenagers, who then approached Johnny about karate lessons. So, in some ways, Miguel is the catalyst for this whole series. He's also nervous, not eager to fight anyone he doesn't have to, and a little overwhelmed by Johnny's teaching style, as you'll see in the new footage.
Robby also has a close relationship with Johnny, but it's not a happy one. He's Johnny's son, and it's very clear they're not exactly on great terms, particularly when he finds out that the Dad who never seems to really be there for him has decided to teach other kids how to fight. Robby, for his part, would rather skip school and insult his father than reconnect with him, but maybe Johnny's own journey of redemption will end up making an impression.
Then there's Samantha "Sam" LaRusso. That's right, Daniel has a daughter, and from the looks of things he's taught her everything he knows. We've seen little glimpses of Samantha in the trailers before, too, and it's becoming increasingly clear that she's developed quite a crush on Miguel. Miguel reciprocates these feelings, setting up another teenage love story within the saga. It's set up to be a complicated love story, though, because Daniel doesn't want his daughter associating with Cobra Kai in any way.
Cobra Kai arrives May 2 on YouTube Red.