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Beam yourself onto the couch for a weekend of variety


Beam yourself onto the couch for a weekend of variety

From chasing aliens to comedy, food and examinations of sexual assault, here’s what to watch this weekend

Tymon Smith

Cobra Kai — Netflix

The smartest of the current crop of 1980s nostalgia shows uses the original actors from the Karate Kid franchise to create a funny and empathetic portrait of their older selves and their daily personal struggles. Decades after losing the All Valley Championship, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is a deadbeat dad with no prospects, until he decides to return to karate and gets embroiled in the lives of his students and rekindles the rivalry with his old nemesis, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), who is now a successful car salesman.

It’s full of nasty and pleasant surprises, and provides a relatable and sometimes poignant examination of failed hopes and shattered dreams, and the question: what do we do with all-too-rare second chances?..

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