I try not to use the terms Indica, Sativa, or strain. But you’re seeing two plants that conform to your definition of cultivar. And the seed maker only controls the genetic potential; you must account for the different environments these plants have experienced.
I’m seeing two similar plants. I’m looking at leaflet beam to length ratio. I can’t do a stem rub, but you could. Even though one is struggling, they’ve both produced the same number of nodes. I can’t gauge internode length from those pictures.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how the cannabis breeder culture sets unrealistic expectations, so I really appreciate that you put some thought into an honest answer. And hopefully I’ve helped clarify things a bit for you.