Owen Dennis’s animated anthology series Infinity Train stretches as infinite as its possibilities. A new world—or restored—order infuses the adventure aboard the Infinity Train after the events of season one. The rollie spherical droid One-One Jeremy Crutchley as Glad-One, Dennis as the Sad-One has reclaimed his rightful place as the Conductor.
As it went in Book One, humans who suffered a trauma like its first protagonist and are in need of life lessons are taken aboard a cryptic train of limitless cars, each housing surreal worlds and inhabitants. Humans are tattooed with a glowing number on their palm that can go up or down. Passengers must do good deeds or mature in emotional understandings to lower their score to zero and activate their exit door so they may return to the normal world as a healed or reformed person. Now that One-One has his Conductor mantle back, he has prepared his human charges instruction videos with more clear-cut guidelines, but his guide isn’t quite clear-cut for some individuals in the ecosystem. The natural order must be that the train denizens must help the human passengers, but one denizen is an individual disruptor of the idea.
Now that the main heroine, Tulip, has concluded her story and made it home, someone else carries her torch, although she wouldn’t be happy to be defined to her proximity to Tulip. Mirror Tulip, or MT Ashley Johnson, is essentially a train native who doesn’t fit in with her assigned purpose. To recap MT’s debut back in “Chrome Car,” Tulip and her gang found themselves in a chrome world where reflections have agency and life. Using her wits, Tulip smuggled her mirror-counterpart out of the confinement of her chrome car.
MT is left to wander the train to forge her own identity, tired of being a carbon copy of Tulip. However, MT is always looking over her shoulder—or carefully scanning out reflective surfaces—to evade the merciless Mirror Police Ben Mendelsohn and Bradley Whitford, a humorous and menacing duo because they have the terrifying ability to burst out of any reflective surfaces she glimpses into.
Luckily, MT grows into less of a loner. She adopts a glazed-eyed deer of unfathomable powers and christens him Alan Dracula. Then she meets one of the train’s human pick-ups, a teenage jock named Jesse Robbie Daymond. Since humans have a way out the train, Jesse could be her ticket out. So she cuts a deal to help him get his number down to zero so he could earn his exit door and she could tag along with him to the human world.
Season one comprised of a well self-contained story arc shifting from one vibrant set piece to the next like a sci-fi Over the Garden Wall. Season two does the same, except with a different cast and an unraveling world. A wider array of human passengers wander the train, having their own...