Cobra Kai Season 3 December 19 Ends Season with Epic Showdowns: Review

It's hard to top the second season finale of Netflix's Cobra Kai, but the chaos unloaded in the season three finale managed to one-up the school brawl with new lines in the sand drawn. The cliffhanger isn't as huge as previous seasons, but the closing scenes are pretty epic. The adults get their share of action as much as the teens this time around. Consider this your spoilers warning for the episode "December 19."

COBRA KAI (L to R) WILLIAM ZABKA as JOHNNY LAWRENCE of COBRA KAI Cr. CURTIS BONDS BAKER/NETFLIX © 2020
Cr. CURTIS BONDS BAKER/NETFLIX © 2020

The episode finds The Karate Kid (1984) love triangle between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), Ali Mills (Elizabeth Shue), and Johnny Laurence (William Zabka) all reunited at a gala. Ali's shock to learn that another ex in Daniel is a member of the same club her parents are and meets with him his wife Amanda (Courtney Henggeler) much to Johnny's surprise. Once they all meet, they exchange pleasantries, get the subsequent awkwardness out of the way, and catching up accordingly. It's amusing how Daniel and Johnny's rivalry is all put on the table without tension taking over. Guess that's the advantage of being in a large crowd and having a mutual party both were once interested in.

Cobra Kai Season 3 still (Image: Netflix)
Cobra Kai Season 3 still (Image: Netflix)

Consider Daniel and Johnny's past interactions, this is probably the most productive and it only took the person they both fell in love with to come to an actual understanding. Meanwhile, at the LaRusso household, Sam (Mary Mouser) hosts a Christmas party with fellow Miyagi-do students and extending an invitation to Eagle Fang Karate students. As television is, with it being the season finale and the odd group out, you could say the ensuing scene is why the phrase, "This is why we can't have nice things" was created. The fight choreography is certainly more contained since it takes place at a residence as say, a high school. Rivals normally clash and stakes are raised with new additions as well. It was effective for what it is and it's not something simple commentary would suffice. Also, the showrunners in Josh Heald, Hayden Schlossberg, and Jon Hurwitz did a wonderful job handling Kreese's flashback sequences to his time in the Vietnam War and his younger actor counterpart played by Robert Carnahan.

COBRA KAI (L to R) MARTIN KOVE as JOHN KREESE of COBRA KAI Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020
Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

I definitely recommend watching the scuffle for yourself to see the events as they pan out. The subsequent scene leads to a separate epic melee between the series protagonists Daniel, Johnny, and John Kreese (Martin Kove). Their clash definitely puts the episode over the top for me on top of the shot to close the season.

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About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangora. As a professional writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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