Infinity Train - TV Show Review
Updated: Jan 7
I haven't watched a cartoon in a very long time. As a kid, they were literally (figuratively) my life. Ed Edd and Eddy, Cow and Chicken, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Johnny Bravo were everything to me. But as I got older, I never stuck with it. Sure, I'll watch the classics here and there, but I don't follow any of the new stuff. That was until I happened to catch the commercial for Infinity Train. There was something about it that grabbed me instantly. Maybe it was how exciting it looked, or perhaps it was Ozzy Osborn singing "Crazy Train" through the commercial, either way, I'm happy I decided to give it a go because Infinity Train is fantastic.
The show follows a teenage girl named Tulip as she navigates a massive, ever-changing train filled with dangerous puzzles, peculiar characters, and physical anomalies. Each slot car that makes up this enormous train is an entirely different world filled with zany inhabitants that will hinder or help Tulip as she tries to find a way to escape. It's hysterical, heartfelt, and filled to the brim with memorable characters. For starters, Tulip is a great protagonist. She is smart, clever, and relatable, but also possesses many flaws that help ground her in reality. Ashley Johnson does a stellar job voicing Tulip and adds layers to the character beyond what any script can accomplish. Tulip's sidekicks, as well as the rest of the supporting cast, are equally excellent.
Tulip's sidekicks include One-One, the dual personality robot, and Atticus, King of the corgis. They're a ragtag bunch and are bursting with personality. One One's constant back and forth between his happy and sombre halves is brilliantly done and is always there at the right moment to add the perfect amount of comic relief. These characters are an ideal contrast to the world's rather dark themes. Watching Tulip navigate each car is fun, but there is always an underlying feeling of dread and danger. More importantly, Infinity Train deals with serious subject matter like divorce and self-identity in a way very few shows can accomplish. It asks crucial questions but never gets preachy. It won't beat you over the head with heavy exposition, but instead, it respects your intelligence, making this feel way more than a kid's show.
Indeed, the most exciting aspect of Infinity Train is the slot cars. Like I said earlier, each slot car is an entirely different world from the last. For instance, one car can be filled with chickens, while another is a world entirely made of crystals. This approach to storytelling allows ultimate creativity because the show isn't held back by a set of rules. The characters are what ground the show so the environment can always change. It's easy to draw comparisons to video games in this regard. Each slot car has its own puzzles and objectives that Tulip must complete before she earned the key to open the next. Sometimes it's as simple as "escape the car," and other times, its more involved requiring Tulip to use her brain rather than brawn. As each car is complete, she inches closer to escape. The Train continues to test Tulip, challenges her to face the repressed feeling she has. The Train wants her to overcome her fears but also come to the realization that her life has changed. With each success, Tulip learns something new about herself but also learns to accept a part of her she has been neglecting.
When it comes to cartoons, I'm no expert, but what I do know is that Infinity Train is an excellent show. Ashley Johnson gives a strong performance as Tulip brings the character to life. The challenges Tulip and company face are exciting and have the perfect mix of charm and weight that makes it easy to look past the fact that you're are watching a kids show. The supporting cast excellently rounds out this utterly peculiar world, and the shows all around oddity will ensure it won't easily be forgotten.