Cubic: An Imperfectly Perfect Drama

Review: Cubic (2014)

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An adaptation of Cubic, a four-part novel series by B 13 s.t.; the drama is downright puzzling and imperfect! It has so many flaws it would require an all-nighter to number them. 

With a strong fanbase, Cubic’s small screen drama was highly anticipated and talked about nationally; however, the great expectations turned into a great disappointment when Cubic became another flawless drama with terrible production, I-want-to-scream kind of directing and flabbergasting delusional storylines, not to mention the acting, the cherry on that beautiful cake. 

For that reason, Cubic was... perfect!

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The plot was surreptitiously plotless at times; such was the idiocy and stupidity of the scenes, lacking intricacy. 

The youngest daughter having to repay her dad’s debt instead of her sister by working under a Mafia boss and both ending up falling in love with one another is far too simple and uninteresting considering the Thai mafia themed action love stories mass production. 

Yet, Cubic has this unexplainable feeling that keeps one glued to the screen without knowing why. A smart and resourceful ugly duckling falling for a powerful Mafia swan who turns out to love her in return is a reminiscing replica of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in reverse minus the talking furniture, the castle and the petal dropping rose.

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Cubic shows that outer appearance is not a reflex of interior beauty and that interior beauty and character make someone beautiful. 

It also demonstrates that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, a deeper notion of love that has eluded our society’s fashion magazines with their continuous notions that love is associated with beauty and beauty requires makeup, short skirts/shorts and a goddess-like appearance. 

Image is everything but image does not make up for consistency or for lack of character, character, however, makes up for the lack of outward beauty, stands out from within! Cubic shows that!

The characters are stereotypical, bland and one-dimensional with the exception of the baddy on duty however, the rawness of the energy they give leaves one in sheer awe. 

Lin Lan Ser as a character is interesting on paper, very interesting with a strong character and strong expressions, which failed to materialize through Bomb Tanin performance. An unquestionably handsome man it might be said with his beautiful dark eyes, strong hands, broad shoulders and everything else, he was just an eye-candy on the screen. 

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He stares so much, so much and he thinks so much and he’s so stiff and he doesn’t speak enough in the drama. At times one was left wondering if the production team wanted to make Cubic a 40% silent drama as a homage to the silent movie era of the beginning of the 20th century but in colour. 

Either that or the script writer might have thought: here I have a very good looking actor, he doesn’t need to talk much, he just needs to look pretty on screen and stare so that the female audience can swoon at him and Cubic can get a high viewing rating

Ruthainark was cheeky and fun and energetic and hardworking and motivated and passionate and really well portrayed by Mint Chalida when she wasn’t in a staring contest with Lin Lan Ser. That was like 'Mirror, mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?' But with 'Mirror, mirror on the wall who stares most of all?' Lin Lan Ser, Lin Lan Ser, yay.

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Cubic is flawed from beginning to end but when debating whether to watch it or not, consider this: every person is flawed, those flaws are what make us who we are and we should be proud of that! Cubic is just like a person with qualities and faults and that’s what makes it unique and interesting, that despite the flaws it is still a drama worth watching and a Lakorn worth giving a chance to.


This is all, thanks for reading! If you watched this drama, please share your thoughts in the comment section below. Did you like it or not and why?

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    Humbledaisy 29 days ago
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    scarleT Aug 21, 2017 - edited
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    dramaworld Aug 21, 2017 - edited

    i did watch this but i wouldn't recommend it at all. it's such a waste of time and there's not one thing that would make me recommend it. i mean this is beyond sloppy it's ridiculous and it keeps getting worse. if only the two leads had any chemistry or even a decent wardrobe i might've agreed with you but all i see is a good plot concept gone horribly wrong

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      Patricia Aug 21, 2017

      I understand what you said and you have a point! Cubic is a bad drama, a really bad drama but for me that's the reason I liked it so much you know, all the imperfections! We are all unique and imperfect and Cubic is like that...to me. If it was perfect I don't know if I'd have liked it as much or felt like writing an article about it!

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      Serin 30 days ago

      I agree with dramaworld. I watched it too and everything she said is true. I don't recommend this drama. There are better Thai dramas out there. Don't waste your time on this.

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    Aryael Aug 21, 2017 - edited

    This should be categorised under "So bad that it's so good"! Agree with everything you said from the staring and stiffness. I gotta add also -the laughable attempt to imitate Chinese culture and poor props! Despite all these glaring flaws.....I actually like this drama. That admission alone is enough to make me pull out my hair in frustration and amazement! It is most puzzling indeed! It's like that guy you love to hate and hate to love - the one you wanted to punch for being such a big jerk but can't help but sigh in surrender when you see him.

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      Patricia Aug 21, 2017

      :) I agree with you! It should be categorized "So bad that it's so good!". The props, a good point! I can't believe I forgot to mention that! :) Thanks for mentioning it! I know exactly how you feel! :)

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    Knavery Aug 21, 2017 - edited

    I liked it. The guy was stiff and like you said - a lot of flaws but the drama has a charm to it and it works.

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      Patricia Aug 21, 2017

      :) Me too! :) It does work and it was so good to watch!!! :)

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    HermanFassett Aug 20, 2017 - edited

    I've tried watching a few lakorns and except for that remake of princess hours, I haven't been able to get past the first 1-2 eps of any of them. Maybe I'll check this out though.

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      Patricia Aug 21, 2017

      Cubic is a really flawed drama from begining to end. It's bad and it wont stand out amongst really good lakorns but those are the reasons why it's so good! I stumbled upon Cubic by chance. I red a reccommendation and I liked what I read, I liked it so much I gave Cubic a try and it was wonderful. Give it a try and let me know if you like it! :) I hope that you do! It's really delicious to watch! :)

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    kdramasinpajamas Aug 20, 2017 - edited

    I watched this recently, it was a recommend on a newer lakorn I was watching. I gave it a try and loved it. It looked a bit low budget and I had my doubts at first, but I enjoyed the story...

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      Patricia Aug 21, 2017

      :) Me too, once I started I couldn't stop watching! It was bad and flawed but I loved it! :)

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    AnanyaS Aug 20, 2017 - edited

    I think this was my 2nd or 3rd lakorn. I ended up enjoying this much more than I expected. My only complain was that male lead was a bit wooden. I know his character's supposed to be unemotional, but he was sometimes just...expressionless. BUT, I love these sort of hate-to-love dramas, so I really, really enjoyed this one too!
    Great job on the article, btw!

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    Kikka Aug 20, 2017 - edited

    great article :D I agree 100% with you and although it wasn't a perfect lakorn I still loved it ^_^

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    redxxxcrimson Aug 19, 2017 - edited

    I really really loved it and I agree with u . That's why it's unique , I really wish if there is other season of course with the same actors . I HAVE HEARD that it was adapted from a novel , pls if anyone knows what the name , can't wait to read it

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      Patricia Aug 20, 2017

      The name of the novel is Cubic; it's a four part series and unfortunately it isn't translated into English. :'( It ought to be as it's such a great story!

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    Rachel Aug 19, 2017 - edited

    I also really liked this drama, and yes bomb who played Lin Lan Ser wasn't good at portraying the emotions but I always kept in the back of my mind that this was only his second character role, so that is one reason why his acting could have not been the greatest, but I absolutely loved this drama.

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      Patricia Aug 20, 2017

      Once I started watching it I only stopped when I finished it! :)

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    ladymay Aug 19, 2017 - edited

    great article <3 i loved this drama too♥

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    Vegmeh Aug 19, 2017 - edited

    Love this lakorn! Strong female lead with great secondary characters. Carlos Tapia had the best hair style ever!

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    Hasumi17 Aug 19, 2017 - edited

    Cubic was my first thai lakorn and yes, it was beyond ridiculous at times but I still liked it (even I can't understand why)! I hope they would film the rest of the novel to a lakorn too!!!

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