The third season of Cobra Kai has officially wrapped up with 10 new episodes. It has the return of most of the ensemble cast reprising their roles, including but not limited to Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz, Martin Kove as John Kreese, and Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, among many others.
Season 3 takes place directly after the events of the school karate fight and John Kreese’s takeover of Cobra Kai in season two’s ending. The story also has Miguel in a coma and paraplegic from his injuries that he sustained from Robby, who is now on the run.
The story then continues with multiple different storylines such as Miguel learning to walk again, the negative reception of karate by the Valley after the school fight and its effects on the cast, and on the relationships that become repaired and broken from the aftermath of the school fight. It all culminates in a fight at a Christmas party between the students of Kreese’s Cobra Kai and a coalition of Johnny and Daniel’s students, and another fight immediately after–at first between Johnny and Kreese, then Kreese and Daniel.
The season also gives some much needed backstory on John Kreese’s youth and his time in Vietnam to show why he became the ruthless villain that he was in the movies and is in the show. It also has returning characters from the first and second Karate Kid movies such as Daniel’s former love interest Kumiko (reprised by Tamlyn Tomita), his old rival Chozen Toguchi (reprised by Yuji Okumoto), and Daniel and Johnny’s old high school girlfriend Ali Mills (reprised by Elisabeth Shue). All three of which help at least one of our protagonists for the better and even manage to (perhaps indirectly) bring the two together in the final episode.
The show has gotten flack for not including a major Asian character in the show (with the exception of Kumiko and Chozen who only appeared in some episodes of this season) as a show based on Asian martial arts should have at least one main Asian character. This criticism is fairly justified as many of the minority characters are often relegated as side characters with the notable exception of Miguel, and to some extent his mother Carmen (reprised by Vanessa Rubio).
Despite this, the show shines in almost every other aspect from a cohesive plot and likable characters to dialogue and action, which can become corny in some aspects but never enough to be overwhelming and never for very long.
The second season of The Mandalorian is underway and only two episodes away from its season finale. It stars Pedro Pascal as “Mando,” Gina Carano as “Cara Dune,” Carl Weathers as “Greef Karga,” Giancarlo Esposito as “Moff Gideon,” and Rosario Dawson as “Ahsoka Tano,” with Temuera Morrison taking the role of “Boba Fett” (after playing his father, Jango Fett) and Grogu (baby Yoda) who is voiced by David Acord.
The story currently follows on Mando’s quest to find his and Grogu’s kind to raise him and help him control his powers. In the meantime, he is helping people to honor his code and gain information; all while being pursued by the remnants of the Empire.
The show takes its time to establish the people and communities that Mando meets and his effects on them. It also gives us insight on the different Mandalorian cultures across the galaxy and how Mando’s culture has a problem with taking off helmets while most other Mandalorians don’t. In season two, the show focuses more on Mando’s relationship with Grogu as a fusion between a funny/straight man and a father/son act.
The Empire seems to want to use Grogu as a means to clone something ominous under the jurisdiction of seemingly Grand Admiral Thrawn from Rebels. In the latest episode, Grogu is captured by the Empire and Mando seeks the help from Boba and a returning Fennec Shand (played by Ming-Na Wen). We have yet to see what pans out from this in the next couple of episodes.
Something to look forward to is the many characters from past Star Wars media coming back, such as Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan (played by Katee Sackhoff) from the Clone Wars/Rebels TV series, and the legendary Boba Fett from the movies.
Brandon Nunez is a junior at John Glenn High School who is in the Drama Club and has been in drama productions over the last five years. Brandon enjoys watching sports, listening to music, watching movies and TV shows, and occasionally reading and playing video games. His favorite news sources happen to be BBC News and The Los Angeles Times.
Mental health is an issue that has a profound effect on teens and young adults long before the days of quarantine and the events of 2020. And this year has only served to amplify any issues students have with their mental health.
One of the most frequently called up reasons for students deteriorating mental health was the copious amounts of homework they have been given over a short period of time. Of course, one way many students have gotten around this is by making a schedule that can help manage a student’s time and prevent overworking on late nights. Sometimes students become lonely being stuck in the house all day and a way to get around is to talk to friends or someone they trust over the internet through any medium preferred, rather it be a text or a discord call.
If you have a pet, such as a dog or even a fish, they can be a great way to help vent out your frustrations as they will always listen to you. The John Glenn High School website also has a student mental help calendar that has many suggestions to help relieve any stress such as watching a funny movie or exercising.
If all else fails and you need to talk to someone right away, it’s okay to reach out to any of these hotlines if you or anyone else needs help for their mental state. Suicide Prevention Hotline is the most reliable way to get fast mental help: (800) 273-8255