YouTube Originals ‘Cobra Kai’, ‘Impulse’ to Host Comic Con Panels


YouTube Originals will host panels for two of its biggest series at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 18 and Saturday, July 20. The panels will feature Cobra Kai and the series, Impulse, in anticipation for season two premiering this fall.


On the heels of a record-setting premiere of season two, Cobra Kai, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, will return in 2020 for a third season. The scripted series is written and executive produced by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), and Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar, Blockers). Together, the trio conceived the new Karate Kid storyline that picks up decades after the original film. Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg will continue to showrun the series and direct the bulk of the episodes. Will Smith, James Lassiter, and Caleeb Pinkett executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios. Susan Ekins, Macchio and Zabka are also executive producers.


The “COBRA KAI: Past, Present and Future” panel will feature the show’s cast and creators. From its iconic roots in The Karate Kid film franchise, to the current YouTube series, fans can learn the moves it took to bring these popular characters back for a new generation–and try to wrestle free the surprises in store for its upcoming third season. It will be held on July 18, 4:45–5:45 p.m. in Ballroom 20. Perri Nemiroff of Collider will moderate.


Following more than 42 million views of the season one pilot, Impulse will return with an all-new season in fall of this year. Maddie Hasson stars as Henrietta “Henry” Cole, a rebellious 16-year-old girl who has always felt different from her peers and longs to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. During a traumatic event, Henry discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport, and her newfound power confirms Henry’s conviction that she really was different from everybody else — but it now makes her the focus of those who want to control her. The series is produced by UCP (Universal Content Productions), Hypnotic, and showrunner Lauren LeFranc.


The “IMPULSE Season 2: The Genre-Bending Teleporter Drama from YouTube Originals” panel will feature stars Maddie Hanson, Daniel Maslany, Sarah Desjardins and Enuka Okuma, alongside showrunner Lauren LeFranc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) to go deep on the story thus far—and the drama to come. The series garnered more than 31 million views on the pilot. The panel will be held July 20, 2–3 p.m., in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Jacqueline Coley of Rotten Tomatoes will moderate.