The show on Netflix “Kingdom” is about a family of MMA fighters with a lot of drama. It’s about Alvey Kalina and his two sons Nate and Jay. Nate is played by Nick Jonas. The acting in the show is surprising from these 3.
When you’re out of good shows to watch, Netflix can be a great source of bad but entertaining tv shows. This is one of those. If you’re into MMA it’s actually not bad. If you’re not into MMA then it’s cool. The training that these actors went through to prepare for the series is actually very impressive.
It’s the first show about MMA that I’ve ever heard of. There have been movies made like Never Back Down, The Warrior, and Here Comes the Boom. Hopefully there’ll be more mixed martial arts themed movies but the sport is still relatively new.
Many movies have been made about martial arts and Netflix even has a tv show now called Cobra Kai that’s about the bully from the Karate Kid but in present time. It’s actually really funny. That show is more ridiculous than Kingdom for sure. Kingdom is a more respectable show.
Cobra Kai is the Karate dojo that the kids who bullied Danny LaRusso trained at. Danny LaRusso is the Karate Kid trained by Mr. Miyagi. The Karate Kid is the protagonist of the movie but in Cobra Kai, Johnny Lawrence is.
The story in the movie was that LaRusso was bullied by Johnny and Cobra Kai and then LaRusso beat Johnny in the Karate competition. The tv show picks up twenty years later where Johnny is a deadbeat dad struggling to survive and Danny LaRusso is a well off owner of an exotic car dealership.
The moral of that story was that nice guys don’t finish last and the good intentioned kid won in life.
Back to the tv show that this article is about, one of the main characters is Ryan. His nickname is the Destroyer. Ryan was a huge prospect a few years ago but spent some time in prison for assaulting his father so badly that he paralyzed him.
Ryan gets out of prison and goes to talk to his friend Alvey. Alvey asks Ryan what he’s going to do but Ryan isn’t sure. Alvey convinces Ryan to try fighting professionally again because he has the raw talent. So they both agree and try to get him back on the right path.
Ryan goes through ups and downs and he has his moments where he’s going off the wall and has no regard for his actions. Eventually, he’s able to get himself together and starts winning fights and eventually becomes champion again.
Jay is a broke fighter that has a lot of talent but isn’t fully dedicated. He has issues that stem from his mother leaving him and the family at a young age and becomes a drug addict. Jay also has his moments where he breaks down and also where he gets really focused on his career.
He has a really rough time with the women he dates in the show. One is a liar and leaves him for the guy that she was lying about. The other girl completely ruins his life because of drugs and eventually ends up getting murdered when desperate for drugs and hanging with the wrong people.
Nate the Great
Nate is a mediocre MMA fighter but he’s extremely disciplined. He works hard, doesn’t cause problems, and keeps his mouth shut. His only problem is that he likes men too and in his profession that’s not something that’s really accepted. He keeps this secret to himself and battles with it often. He also suppresses his desire to be with men.
Alvey and Lisa are in a twisted relationship. It’s all kinds of messed up. First of all, Lisa used to date Ryan, who Alvey coaches. The age difference is pretty big too. Lisa runs the gym and even invested $100,000 into it without any guarantees or even percentage ownership stake. They’re both alcoholics and eventually she ends up pregnant and then has a miscarriage.