[Minor Spoilers] Daniel's flaws are my favorite part of this show
Long time Karate Kid fan, watched the first season of Cobra Kai when it launched but I didn't have Youtube red when the second season came around. When the show got put on Netflix I was pretty excited to see where all the characters were after the tournament. With that out of the way, a lot of people on this sub are bashing Daniel, and I understand where they're coming from, but I can never say I hate the guy, and I hope you guys won't either after you read through my post here. I genuinely think Daniel's main flaw is the best part of the show when it comes to the continuity of the Karate Kid series overall.
Ok, what's his main flaw? Is he overly vindictive? Complacent until it's too late? A bad parent/adult role-model for the kids he teaches? Is he too obsessed with the past? Is he too desperate to replace the hole in his life left by Mr. Miyagi?
After finishing my season 1 rewatch and my first time watching season 2, I went back and watched the original 3 movies, and that's when I realized Daniel never truly internalized Mr. Miyagi's first lesson about fighting: "Fighting [is] always [the] last answer to [your] problem."
Pulled from the script itself, in the very first conversation these two have about Karate Miyagi says don't fight with people. He doesn't say don't beat people up, it's not about getting physical with anyone, he says don't fight. What the hell has Daniel been doing in this show? Fighting. He fights with his rival auto dealer, he fights with Johnny, he fights with his daughter, he fights with cousin, he fights with his student, he fights with everybody and even though he's not throwing punches he's disregarding Mr. Miyagi's lesson and it's ruining his life.
And that is absolutely perfect. Daniel inherited Mr. Miyagi's views on generosity and on shifting people's attitudes, and he parrots the balance lesson constantly, but (amazingly) Daniel hasn't balanced Mr. Miyagi's teachings. He's completely disregarded the lesson about fighting.
I love that. Daniel's a good man who turned his suffering into success thanks to a mentor we'd all dream of having, but he's still a hothead from Jersey. I can't get over how perfectly characterized he is, and honestly I can't wait for him to finally leave that part of him behind and become the man Mr. Miyagi believed he could be.
Long story short: I honestly can't credit these writers, these actors, and this production team enough for making this show. I genuinely appreciate how thoughtful they've been with every character, old and new, and it feels great being able to watch this next chapter of the story unfold.
Edit: removed a stray period
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