Netflix dropped a trailer Tuesday for the previously announced season 5 premiere Sept. 9 of "Cobra Kai," the streaming service’s young-adult martial-arts drama starring Huntington's Ralph Macchio.
"HERE WE GO!" enthused Macchio, 60, on Twitter.
In the climax of 2019's season 4, malevolent millionaire Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) bribed a referee to ensure his Cobra Kai dojo would win the 51st Annual All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament. Moreover, it was revealed he had framed his dojo partner John Kreese (Martin Kove) for the savage beating of Raymond aka Stingray (Paul Walter Hauser), resulting in Kreese's arrest. Now unencumbered, Silver plans to expand Cobra Kai to multiple locations, spreading his brutal, win-at-all-costs philosophy.
"This is what we're up against," Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) says in the roughly 2½-minute trailer. "This is how everyone sees him [Silver] — as some kind of philanthropist out to save the kids of the Valley." To oppose Silver's plans, LaRusso has shut down his dojo Miyagi-Do Karate in order to have the time "to fix this." Meanwhile, his former high-school karate competitor Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) has walked away from his own dojo, Eagle Fang Karate. But after having teamed up last season against the vicious Kreese, the two now must do so again to fight Silver for the soul of the Valley's teens.
Meanwhile, Kreese, wearing a blue prison jumpsuit, speaks in soft tones to a counselor about how well he's getting along — intercut with shots of him in vicious prison combat.
"I will not be available to do anything September 9th," tweeted actor-comedian Patton Oswalt, 53, a fan of the show. "Clear my calendar. #CobraKaiSeason5."
Macchio had starred in the original 1984-89 Karate Kid movie trilogy, with Zabka as his rival in the first film. Kove appeared in all three as an ominous dojo sensei who in the third film teams with Griffith's character to gain revenge on LaRusso and sensei Miyagi (played by the late Noriyuki "Pat" Morita).