Cobra Kai – Season 3, Episode 5: Miyagi-Do

As Daniel continues his trip to Japan conflicts, both old and new, come to a head. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) is confronted by Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) and when they last saw each other it was in a fight to the death. Back in L.A., tensions rise between Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai leading to a showdown at an lazer tag.

When Chozen arrives it appears that he is still holding a grudge towards Daniel for events that happened over thirty years ago. It soon becomes apparent was broken by their fight and has suffered great regret for what happened. The two rivals form a kinship while sparing in a Miyagi Dojo, they are to branches of the same style, and Chozen reveals new skills of Miyagi Karate to Daniel. Miyagi is all about peace and stopping war.

The Cobra Kai gang, spurred on by Kreese’s strike first attitude, have started impacting on the lives of the Miyagi-Do team outside of Karate. When they rob the prize stall that Chris (Khalil Everage) works on at the amusement arcade Samantha (Mary Mouser) has had enough and arranges for both sides to meet at the disused lazer tag. This quickly spirals out of control when Tory (Peyton List) arrives on the scene and escalates the situation. Sam suffers a bout of PTSD and Hawk (Jacob Bertrand) breaks Demetri’s (Gianni DeCenzo) arm while being egged on by his teammates. It is clear on Hawk’s face that he is uncomfortable with is decision and that maybe this is not the right path.

At the juvenile detention centre Kreese (Martin Kove) has also been getting into Robbie’s ear about striking first. Robbie has been bullied since his arrival and now he decides to take matters into his own hands. He instigates a fight that will guarantee him more time inside.

To counterbalance the drama of the episode we also get Johnny’s (William Zabka) comedy attempts to get Miguel’s (Xolo Maridueña) legs working. He tries luring him with pornography, literally lighting a fire under him, but final it is a trip to a Dee Snyder gig that gets his toes tapping.

The episode finishes with what appears to be two bits of LaRusso success. Daniel saves his business because the head of international car sales in Japan turns out to be a woman whose life he saved years ago. Meanwhile, Sam breaks down to her mother, Amanda (Courtney Henggeler), about how Cobra Kai are destroying her life. Amanda then confronts Kreese and slaps him in the face. Then we get a stinger at the end as Johnny discovers Ali’s Facebook friends request from the end of last season.

The best episode of the season so far. It had it all, action, drama, comedy and again pushed all the nostalgia buttons.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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