Cobra Kai S4. Here we go.
This show is an example of what I meant by “efficient lean storytelling”

It is almost unbearably efficient. Like pure cocaine. The Hollywood beat-formula machine at its most finely tuned operating on extremely native material.
This show is the most complete and thorough reboot/continuation I’ve ever seen. All the character arcs and unresolved tensions seamlessly continued. The introduction of the Terry Silver character is so smooth it’s like there was no 30-year gap.
The show also revels in extreme symmetries. I take your student, you take mine, etc etc. Episode 5 is almost group-theoretic.
One of the things I like is how the show sets up initially as a realistic middle-aged drama but it’s a head-fake. Rapidly returns to archetypal cartoon morality play format with a streak of silliness that made the original so good. The “reality” layer is just played for laughs
It’s like the Nolan Batman relative to Tim Burton but in reverse. Ironic realism or something. Nudge nudge wink wink, we all know reality is fake and the archetype cartoon is the red pill layer.
This show is so kiki it’s bouba

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