Karate Kid was one of the greatest films of the 1980s.
In the 1984 franchise launch film, Ralph Macchio played Daniel LaRusso, a teenager from New Jersey who moves to California and makes enmity with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), a bully who also specializes in karate.
To take him down, Daniel challenges Johnny – and his cruel Cobra Kai dojo – at the All-Valley Karate Tournament.
He gets in shape by training with sensei Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), who provides Daniel with painful self-esteem and a father figure. Johnny is defeated and never gets over it.
That is why the Cobra Kai series was such a fascinating delight, portraying the consequences of high school rivalry from the point of view of Johnny, whose life disintegrated in every way when Daniel became a local celebrity.
Bitter and nostalgic for the glory days of his youth, Johnny restarts the notorious Cobra Kai dojo for a new generation, triggering a new conflict with his old rival.
One of the good things about Cobra Kai is that it is full of subtle references to the Karate Kid universe. One involves something that fans probably didn’t even notice.
“Pulpo”, the penultimate episode of the second season of Cobra Kai, includes the unlikely sight of longtime enemies Johnny and Daniel in a double encounter, albeit reluctantly.
They have a little fun when they tell about their long and violent rivalry (after all, they have karate in common), identifying the strange moment when everything could have started.
“You spilled a blueberry pie on my shirt,” says Johnny, laughing, to which Daniel replies: “That’s because he put it in my chair first. He’s leaving the details out. ”
It turns out that the creators of Cobra Kai and the first Karate Kid movie also left out the details.
While this act of aggression with the pie may not sound familiar to casual Karate Kid fans, or even those who have watched the movie many times, there is good reason for that – Johnny and Daniel starting a war over blueberry pie was planned, but it was not part of the final version of the film.
In 2012, Karate Kid director John Avildsen posted a lot of backstage moments on YouTube, including one of the actors Ralph Macchio and William Zabka rehearsing what would be a scene of Daniel and Johnny trying to humiliate each other with a common dessert .
In Brazil, Cobra Kai is now available on Netflix. The third season is due to be released in 2021.