The number one show on Netflix for the past few days has been Cobra Kai, a sequel to the 1980s Karate Kid movie series. That is just as insane a fact as it sounds. The Karate Kid movies weren’t even that good; They were fine but they weren’t Back to the Future or The Princess Bride or anything like that. On top of that, the basic concept for the show, that Johnny Lawrence from the Cobra Kai dojo isn’t such a bad guy and Daniel LaRusso isn’t such a good guy, was essentially created from a joke on an episode of How I Met Your Mother that Ralph Macchio and William Zabka guest-starred on.
Somehow this mess of an idea based on an okay movie you probably haven’t watched in 30 years actually works really well, and it probably has binge-watching on streaming to thank for that. I watched all 30 episodes of Cobra Kai in two weekends; I watched the two seasons that had premiered on YouTube about a week before Christmas and I watched season 3 on New Year’s Day when it premiered.
I don’t think I would have tuned in to watch this if I had to wait a week between episodes. I may have, I watch Riverdale and The Big Bang Theory so I’m something of a connoisseur of terrible television, but a big part of the appeal of Cobra Kai was the ability to throw it on while I was playing a Switch game I had picked up during the winter sales we just had.
The show is practically built on tracking the characters’ shifting allegiances, and the driving plot is the will-they-or-won’t-they between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence; they don’t have a romantic relationship, but over the first three seasons their friendship is played a lot like Sam and Diane or Ross and Rachel, where they clearly both want to be friends and bury the hatchet but plot contrivances push them apart time and again.
Did I mention the allegiances are to karate dojos? It’s one thing when the teen cast, consisting of Daniel’s daughter Sam, Johnny’s estranged son Robby and Johnny’s first student Miguel and their friends, fight over who goes to the best karate dojo, but it’s a little hard to swallow when adults do, something the show is actually very aware of and has some meta jokes about.
The return of Cobra Kai’s sensei from the first Karate Kid, John Kreese, really amps how insane the plot is. Johnny and Daniel have an almost friendly rivalry in the first season but Kreese is basically a cartoon supervillain pulled from Power Rangers or Captain Planet. You really have to suspend your disbelief when Kreese is around because (spoiler for the season 3 finale if you haven’t watched it) at one point he tries to straight-up murder Johnny and Daniel, and his motivation for doing so is pretty hazy. I think it’s just about winning an annual karate tournament but Kreese acts like he’s still in Vietnam.
Cobra Kai does get into Kreese’s backstory as a POW in Vietnam and shows him, at times, to be a complex human who honestly thinks he’s shaping his students to be ready for life. But I don’t know what level of PTSD you need to be on to think that you need to murder people in the name of your karate dojo.
The ability to pick up the show when you want and binge watch it were pluses that drove a lot of people to check out Cobra Kai, but there is one huge drawback to streaming that I think is also going to hurt Cobra Kai; it could be over a year before any new episodes show up. Season 3 was completed and unaired when Netflix bought the show after YouTube Red cancelled it, but season 4 hasn’t even started production yet. I don’t know if people are going to be counting the days for an entire year to see more of this show. It’s not exactly Game of Thrones, even if it treats karate lessons with the same gravitas as fighting dragons.
Ultimately, Cobra Kai is a show about Johnny Lawrence and William Zabka really makes Johnny a likable guy. It’s funny how the one-dimension 80s high school bully can become the emotional core of a show like this, but it actually kind of works.
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The Great British Bake-Off is one of my favorite things for reasons I don’t even really understand. Even without Mel, Sue and Mary Berry there’s something about the show’s format and the lowest-stakes competition on television (there’s no prize for winning Bake-Off, even the contestants on Nailed It! walk away with more) that makes it compelling drama. And being so low-stakes means the controversies and villains are incredibly minor and kind as well.
Take Laura Adlington, who was clearly the villain of the most recent season of Bake-Off. She seems like an absolutely lovely person and pretty much everyone on the show always gets along, but fans absolutely hated her anyway and I honestly cannot blame them too much.
We don’t get to taste the food the contestants make on The Great British Bake-Off, we can only see it. Week after week, for what seemed like five or six weeks out of ten, we watched Laura bungle her way through the competition, turning in messy piles of food that did look up to the standard of the other contestants at all, and week after week she barely avoided being eliminated, knocking out fan favorites like Mark and Lottie because of much Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith liked the taste of her bakes, the one thing the home audience can’t judge. This frustrated viewers, including me, to no end. It was not as frustrating as The Independent mentioning the season’s winner in a story about Noel Fielding taking paternity leave when the holiday specials filmed before the finale aired on Netflix in the US, but it was still kind of frustrating. Even hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas seemed to imply to Paul and Prue they didn’t think Laura should go through to the final during the penultimate episode.
Gearing up for every Tuesday night – it was exciting and it was fun, and I don’t want to sound negative about Bake Off, because I really did love it, but dealing with being in the public eye, and Twitter, in particular, was challenging, to say the least.
The issue is, even on Bake-Off, the producers create storylines and villains that don’t really exist. Lottie and Mark were never having any sort of romantic relationship, despite the show heavily implying they were that even Uncle Roger mentioned it.
Likewise, Laura wasn’t a villain, everyone on that show gets along to a fault and Paul and Prue really thought she did better than the bakers they sent home week after week, even though she was always on the cusp of being sent home, so she deserved to be in the final.
But is interesting to see how caught up people can get in a show where amateurs compete for literally just an engraved cake plate to the point where Laura Adlington was treated like she was Kanye West for being a bit sloppy.
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Say what you want about Logan Paul, like he’s an idiot and he’s a terrible human being, but he’s way less of a pussy than his brother Jake. While Jake Paul has started telling people he’s a boxer and is going so far as to move across the country to train more effectively, he’s been dodging out on pretty much every serious offer he’s had to fight someone who knows what they’re doing in a boxing ring.
Logan Paul, on the other hand, has signed up to let everyone watch Floyd Mayweather possibly literally murder him in the ring. Mike Tyson even told him, flat-out, “Floyd is going to beat your fucking ass!”
But Logan Paul is neither claiming he thinks he’ll have an easy time with the undefeated actual boxer or running away from the fight. He thinks maybe his reach advantage and the 30 pounds he has on Mayweather will give him an outside chance of landing a few hits. It won’t, and if Logan Paul makes it to the second round it’ll be because Mayweather waited until then to fustigate him.
Fustigation aside, Paul is looking past that fight and challenged Chris Hemsworth to be his next opponent.
I’ll fight him after mayweather https://t.co/kIqkYlb9fz
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2021
I kind of respect the hustle. Logan Paul realizes there’s a lot of money in letting people whoop his ass in front of an audience and he’s going to take that money. I’d let Chris Hemsworth give me a beat down for a few million dollars, who wouldn’t?
And does Chris Hemsworth get to use the hammer in his fight? That would be very satisfying to watch. Hell, even if it’s fake, sign Logan Paul up to be “Guy With Crushed Skull” in Thor 5. It might actually get people back in theaters after COVID.
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President Donald Trump has been caught on tape.
Begging, pleading and beseeching Georgia's Secretary of State to overturn the results of the 2020 general election and undermine democracy in a desperate attempt to remain Commander-in-Chief.
On Sunday, The Washington Post posted a one-hour long phone conversation between Trump and Brad Raffensperger... in which the president is very clearly heard pressuring the Republican official to "find" more votes in his favor to win the state.
"The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry," Trump says to Raffensperger in the audio clip, adding in a huge breach of the law:
"And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated."
Except, you know, um, there's everything wrong with saying that.
The results of the Georgia election have been audited on three occasions.
Joe Biden has defeated Trump every time.
The state is run by a Republican Governor and every court case Trump has brought to challenge this outcome has been immediately thrown out due to a lack of evidence.
The Secretary of State cannot just "recalcuate" the results of a Democratic election.
Seriously, people, do we really need to keep spelling this out?!?
Throughout the awkward and very illegal call, Trump implores Raffensperger to listen to the wild, erroneous conspiracy theories floating around the Internet and, essentially, to simply declare him the winner.
To Raffensperger's credit, he never entertains such an absurd and dangerous notion.
"Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong," he says at one point.
During another point in the call, Trump doesn't mince words.
He just tells Raffensperger to help him cheat his way to a second term.
"So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state."
"There’s no way I lost Georgia," Trump adds. "There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes."
Ahead of the newspaper publishing the transcript and audio of the call, Trump wrote on Twitter that he had spoken with Raffensperger on Saturday, making false allegations in the process.
He said that the Secretary of State "was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the 'ballots under table' scam, ballot destruction, out of state 'voters,' dead voters, and more. He has no clue!"
Raffensperger responded to the tweet with his own statement:
"Respectfully, President Trump: What you're saying is not true. The truth will come out."
Now, of course, it has.
Not that we expect Trump to acknowledge as much.
Or for anyone high up in the Republican party to call this exchange out for what it very obviously is:
Sedition by the President of the United States.
Biden won Georgia with an 11,779-vote victory over Trump.
The President-elect also received more than 81 million votes, the most votes ever cast for a presidential candidate in United States history.
Trump, however, has not only refused to concede... he's screamed about voter fraud and whined incessantly about the results because he has Narcissistic Personality Disorder and he's a sociopath.
In December, though, Biden defeated Trump 306-232 in the Electoral College.
No matter what Trump and/or his allies say in public, the former is a loser. He has lost.
On January 20, Joe Biden will be sworn in as President.
He will then try to somehow build back the blocks of Democracy that Donald Trump has spent the last four years shameless knocking down at every opportunity.
We really hope he succeeds.
With Matt James ready to make history on ABC, it's almost time to talk about The Bachelor spoilers ... but also this:
Which Bachelor is the #1 hottest of all time!?
'Cause, even if ABC does scour the Earth for eligible dudes who are the total package, that's still a real debate.
And subjective, we know. But a fun one!
For those keeping score, Matt is the star of The Bachelor's 25th season, making him the 24th Bachelor of all time.
(Brad Womack famously got two cracks at the job ... and yet didn't get a happily ever, or even close, after either).
Obviously, Matt is the first black Bachelor, and the franchise's second black lead overall, following Rachel Lindsay.
The show's low-key racism and how it needs to handle Matt's 2021 season are topics that will be debated at length.
But we're glad he's the new leading man of the franchise, and today we're just here for pointless fun in his honor.
Gaze at the ghosts of Bachelors past, see for yourself who's the hottest of the hot and where you'd rank Matt.
24. Matt Grant
23. Lorenzo Borghese
22. Andrew Firestone
21. Bob Guiney
20. Charlie O'Connell
19. Byron Velvick
Brand new tone from Meri Brown.
Afterr spending most of 2020 sharing cryptic memes and messages about her marriage, this veteran Sister Wives star has now taken to Instagram and issued a pair of very different statement.
But seem to show support for Kody Brown amid constant criticism of the family patriarch.
In the first meme, Meri quoted the following: "You don't have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt.
"You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you're holding."
This isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of her spiritual husband, of course.
It's just saying that Meri is stuck with Kody and is gonna try to make the best of the situation.
Brown, however, then followed this message with a second one, evidently defending Kody from his many critics in the process.
(Meri, of course, has been among those leading critics for months. But whatever.)
"Sometimes the way you think about a person isn't the way they actually are," Meri wrote simply and straightforwardly.
As is almost always the case with her social media posts, Meri did not cite Kody by name.
She didn't mention her romance specifically or anything.
Remember what Meri wrote in early December, though? As a caption to the following photo, which was the first time she uploaded a snapshot of herself and Kody in two years?
"Let's just clarify something here," Meri said of Kody.
"I love this man...
"I'm well aware that we, as a family, have chosen to put ourselves 'out there,' which, in turn, brings about all kinds of speculation, commentary, and opinions."
It was nice for Meri to acknowledge this, but also worth noting that she often brought on the speculation via her own Instagram feed.
"But it comes down to this," she then wrote of all the break-up talk online, adding:
"My relationship with him is MY relationship with him. Sure we've hadd ups and downs through the years (I mean, isn't that somewhat normal?) High highs and low lows...
But here's my truth. I love him. I love my family. I'm committed."
Pretty clear intention there, huh?
Continued Meri at the time:
"I have 30 years in this. We struggle. We communicate. We repair relationships as the parties involved are willing and able.
"I'm an independent person who does her own thing. I travel a lot. (Well, pre-covid that is.) I have multiple businesses. I have friends. I have male friends. (Gasp! Shocker!) and I won't apologize for that."
Meri and Kody divorced in 2014 after decades of marriage so that the latter could legally marry Robyn Brown and adopt her kids.
Meri finally concluded as follows:
I'm human. I have feelings. I make mistakes. I rise when I've fallen.
Sometimes it takes longer than other times to rise. I. Will. Always. Rise. I get angry. I feel peace. I feel pain. I feel joy. I forgive. I love. I'm HUMAN.
I'm here. I'm committed. I'm not going anywhere. Don't get your hopes up.