The most unintentionally funny sports movie of all time (not including American Anthem) is Rocky V. The movie is almost redeemed by a truly rollicking street fight between a back-where-he-started Balboa and an arrogant Tommy Gunn, but the fact that the next one, Rocky Balboa, totally ignores the fourth sequel makes it clear that it’s not part of the Italian Stallion’s true canon.
The second most unintentionally funny sports movie of all time is The Karate Kid Part III, which is almost redeemed by evil sensei Terry Silver’s corruption of Ralph Macchio’s then nearly middle-aged Daniel-san via the brutal Quicksilver method of fighting. Like Rocky with Creed, the Karate Kid series was unexpectedly resurrected, this time via a Netflix series that continues to impress and entertain by focusing on Johnny Lawrence’s struggle for redemption.
That struggle is about to get a lot harder now that Johnny’s old teacher has called in reinforcements in the form of Terry Silver.
In the franchise’s third movie, Kreese calls upon Silver to help him get revenge against Daniel and Mr. Miyagi, who’d both humiliated the psycho sensei in the first two movies. Silver almost gets the job done, seducing Daniel into abandoning Mr. Miyagi and their blossoming bonsai tree business and nearly stealing the All-Valley title back from him before our heroes reunited and saved the day.
Kreese returned to wreak havoc in season two of the series, but Silver hasn’t been seen since. Season three ended with Johnny and Daniel merging their competing dojos to vanquish Kreese and Cobra Kai once and for all, and teased the return of Karate Kid III’s villain and Kreese’s old buddy, Terry Silver, by showing Kreese making an ominous phone call.
Now the show’s creators have fully let the cat out of the bag – and social media – that Thomas Ian Griffith is indeed returning to the Karate Kid universe, and he’s bringing the real pain with him.
— Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz) May 27, 2021
This comes as no real surprise to astute fans of the franchise, who knew of Silver and Kreese’s Vietnam background, and the quickly expanding Karate Kid universe. We knew who Kreese was calling at the end of season three. Show creator Jon Hurwitz admitted as much last winter.
“You could guess who might’ve been on the other end of that call based off of the photo that he was looking at there. But we can’t really speak to how Terry Silver would respond to that call — or whoever was on the other end of the line would respond to that call. I think you’ll have to see if that character returns in season 4.”
Now we know, and it will be a lot of fun to see Daniel reunite with the sensei who made him betray Mr. Miyagi – and to see what Johnny thinks of him since they never crossed paths in the movies. The only questions left are whether Terry will bring the Quicksilver method – and Bad Boy Barnes – with him!
Check out Cobra Kai Season 4 teaser: