Cobra Kai

I started binge-watching Cobra Kai on Labor Day. The show is essentially a continuation of the 80s Karate Kid movies. It tells much of the story from the perspective of Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), the antagonist from the first movie.

Long story short, this show rocks. Johnny’s not all bad. And Daniel can be kind of a dick sometimes. The characters are fully fleshed out and three-dimensional, and the plot takes some interesting twists, without feeling forced. And best of all, the nostalgia level isn’t too high and isn’t too low, it’s just right; just enough to make the show fun.

I watched season 1, and I’ll be starting season 2 this week. Cobra Kai got it’s start on Youtube Premium, but has moved over to Netflix. Rumor has it there’s a season 3 on the way.

Here’s the trailer for season 1:

friday movie quote

“First year’s the hardest…. Yeah that’s what they say. ‘First year’s the hardest.’ It weren’t for me. Second year, that was the real killer. First year you can still remember the world – your home, your pals, Sunday roast, what it’s like to take a dump without someone watching you. Second year, that’s when the hope starts to leave ya. No one left to trust. No one you really like ’cause you’re in prison. Everyone’s a criminal. They all want to fuck you over. You don’t want to go to sleep ’cause, whatever you got, it’ll be nicked by the bloke you share your cell with… whose farts and stink you have to put up with twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Don’t want to make friends with no one because, if you do, you make an enemy somewhere else. Nancies who want to rump ya. And, oh, yeah, blokes who don’t think nothin’ about creeping up behind you with a shank and sticking it in your throat. Do you know what the worst thing is? Do ya? You get used to it. So, Jimbo, what are you gonna do?”

-Wild Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles), Wild Bill (2011)

It was fun while it lasted

I’m not sure where this happened, but this car chase video is an interesting watch.

I love the way the dog starts whining when the siren goes on. Pup wants some action.

Dude thought he was clever enough to beat the cops with some quick reversals. I’ll give him some credit for effort, but he didn’t have enough car to get the job done. It’s not a coincidence that no one in The Fast and the Furious drove a Geo Prizm.

Did you notice that the guy was diligent about using his turn signal? Old habits die hard, I guess.

Bringing a gun to a knife fight: the 21 foot rule

There’s been a lot of debate – or at least what passes for debate on Twitter – about how police officers should handle a suspect armed with a knife. The general consensus in the pundit class (i.e., people who have never been in a violent confrontation) is that the police are never justified in shooting a suspect armed with a knife.

This video should put that notion to rest once and for all.

Underestimate edged weapons at your own risk.

Running with the Devil

I recently ran across this video on Youtube. This is supposedly the first live recording of the song “Running with the Devil,” the first track on side one of Van Halen’s self-titled debut album.  It was recorded in Pasadena on May 29, 1976.

I saw this song performed live in October 1982 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. The band was in the middle of their Diver Down tour. The show was on October 9, the day before David Lee Roth’s birthday, so the guys encouraged the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” to him.

I saw this show the week after seeing 38 Special, which I saw a week after seeing Blue Oyster Cult. My ears were ringing until Christmas. Good times.