Which door to leave through?
Ms. Bix: How many hours a day do you spend in here, anyhow?
[Arnie whispers in her ear]
Ms. Bix: Good heavens! He can't spend the rest of his...!The Cube
was an hour-long teleplay that aired on NBC's weekly show NBC Experiment in Television
on February 23, 1969. The production was produced and directed by puppeteer Jim Henson
, the screenplay co-written by long-time Muppet writer Jerry Juhl (who also appears in a cameo).
The story follows Richard Schaal as a man trapped in a cubical white room that anyone else could enter and leave, but which he himself apparently could not leave. The main character, simply named The Man in The Cube, is subjected to an increasingly puzzling and frustrating series of encounters as a variety of people come through various hidden doors. But as many remind him, he can only leave through his own door, so he must find it.
Not to be confused with Cube
Tropes associated with this work:
- And to top it off, he doesn't actually want the girl.
- He Also Did: Yes, this is the same Jim Henson who made The Muppet Show.
- Hope Spot: The Man comes very close to going crazy, but in the end, he appears to leave The Cube through a door, only to be lead to a completely different room which turns out to also be The Cube.
- Ice-Cream Koan: Said by the monk. "All is all. What is, is."
- Mental World: Suggested by the film critic, and also by the band's opening verse, "You're really in the middle of the inside of yourself".
- Mind Screw: For both the man and the viewer. Who is the man? What is the cube, and why is he in it?
- Monster Clown: Two comedians with clown make-up who like everybody else in the film are menacing, unsettling and malicious.
- Mood Whiplash: Used by the 'people' as a jarring a effect to further fluster and confuse the Man in The Cube.
- Only Sane Man: The Man in The Cube, at we seem to think so until the Mind Screw kicks in both in-universe and out.
- Ontological Mystery
- No Name Given: The character. One visitor calls him "Ted", a name he denies is his.
- Putting on the Reich: The two Munich police officers, who seem to be wearing altered SS uniforms.
- Sanity Slippage
- Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere
- Self-Inflicted Hell: Hypothesized by an old man.
- Sinister Geometry
- Tomato in the Mirror: "I'm... projected."
- Tempting Fate: Near the end, the Manager opens a door and tells him he can leave, and the man refuses to believe it isn't yet another trick.
Man: "How about this one? The minute I set foot outside this door, two gorillas grab me, dressed in ballet costumes, drag me back in, throw me on the floor and surround me singing Home Sweet Home!"
- Through the Eyes of Madness
- Unreliable Expositor: Pretty much everyone, given how they all contradict each other.
- Weirdness Magnet: The protagonist is not given any time between strange encounter after strange encounter, just to make matters worse for him.
- White Void Room
- You Wake Up in a Room: Actually, it's never shown what the character was doing before he appeared in the cube. In the end, it seems he only exists inside of the cube.