Throughout its four existing seasons, “Cobra Kai” has brought back numerous names from the “Karate Kid” series. For instance, Cobra Kai figurehead John Kreese (Martin Kove) has become especially important to the overall story, but not every returning face has made such a splash. Case in point, Bobby Brown (Ron Thomas), who made his franchise debut in the first “Karate Kid” film and returned in “Cobra Kai” Season 2. He took an active role in Johnny Lawrence’s life for a spell but disappeared after Season 3 — something the fans aren’t too happy about.
Redditor chuckingrox opened a thread asking their fellow “Cobra Kai” enthusiasts if they wanted to see Bobby return down the road. “They set him up as a perfect moral arbiter for Johnny and then he disappeared,” they wrote, and they weren’t alone. “Me too! It would be great to see Bobby and Daniel become friends! He could also help Daniel and Johnny to remain on good enough terms and also help settle relationship issues with any of the couples!” said Legitimate_Unit_9210, with many others agreeing that Bobby could still serve a narrative function.
E3CH0ES posited, “Maybe in season 5 if/when Johnny returns he can ask Bobby for help with eagle fang,” and Dadgummit_Lab210 added, “Yes. He’s one of the most compelling characters in this series.” On the other hand, some Reddit users like jrobotbot aren’t so sure he belongs in the series. “Cobra Kai is a series about people who don’t make wise decisions. Main characters are people who miss things, communicate badly, and lose their cool at exactly the wrong time,” they explain, noting that Bobby being the counterpoint to it all makes him an unnecessary inclusion.
Regardless of where you stand, it was great to see Ron Thomas come back to the role of Bobby Brown for “Cobra Kai.” Only time will tell if there’s more to his story or if we’ve seen the last of the former Cobra Kai dojo mainstay.