Bill Simmons’ “Holy trilogy of the ‘Karate Kid’”
Webster’s definition for a trilogy: “A series of three dramas or literary works or sometimes three musical compositions that are closely related and develop a single theme.”
Sports Guy’s definition for a movie trilogy: “A series of three dramas in which the first movie did so well, they couldn’t help themselves, so they brought everyone back to make more money in an uninspired sequel, only that one did pretty well, too, so they brought everyone back again for a third movie, just to beat the dead horse completely into the ground.”
And you forget this now, but Mr. Miyagi’s character was a stroke of genius at the time, a cross between Mickey from “Rocky,” Pop from “The Longest Yard” and Confucious. Who didn’t love Mr. Miyagi? That character was so well-written, it actually won Pat Morita (best-known as Arnold from “Happy Days”) a “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar nomination, which was the 1984 equivalent of Mr. Belding from “Saved By The Bell” being nominated for an Oscar in 2005.