Why Fans Are Clamoring To #finishInfinityTrain

"Infinity Train" was cancelled after season four, which is a major blow for the world of creative cartoons.

The fourth season of "Infinity Train" dropped on HBOMax on April 15. There is nothing quite like this highly-rated fan-favorite series, which for the first two seasons aired on Cartoon Network before going straight to streaming. At first, the show appeared to be a miniseries like “Over the Garden Wall,” yet seasons kept getting added and told more and more of the story. 

Unfortunately, however, "Infinity Train" was canceled just before the fourth season was released, long after the crew finished making it. Therefore, while working on the season the writers did not know they wouldn’t be given a chance to fully wrap up the story and answer the remaining questions about the mysterious train or certain characters. 

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Each season of "Infinity Train" follows different main characters. There are reoccurring side characters, and sometimes the main characters of the next season are introduced as a small piece of the season before. 

Season by season the audience gets to learn a little more about the train, the conductor, and how the world within this pocket dimension works. Season one gave us the basics; passengers on the train get a glowing green number based on how much they need to learn or face their problems. Once it gets down to zero a door appears as a portal back to the real world. The person is “given an exit.”

The train is infinite because more and more cars are built and added as the trains moves. Each train car is like another dimension in and of itself, full of new characters (denizens) and another environment. There’s usually some sort of puzzle to solve in order to open a door and get to the next car. One might find a room with just one toad, or a beach world, or a western with giant bugs. The possibilities are literally infinite.

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As with all seasons, the fourth season of "Infinity Train" when taken by itself is complete, and perhaps one of the best seasons. When seen as a series finale, however, it is quite underwhelming. 

There are many questions surrounding the train that go unanswered. Is there an origin story for the train? Where did it come from? Who built it and why? Is Hazel going to be okay? Is Amelia ever going to get off the train?  

All these unanswered questions would be fine at the end of other seasons, but now fans are left with an empty feeling. 

In fact, fans organized a plan and got #FinishInfinityTrain to trend on Twitter for several hours on April 29. The topic even trended as number one for a few hours, before slowly sinking further down the list. 

Show creator Owen Dennis, while not the organizer of the movement, certainly kept the momentum going. He added giveaways, with prizes as a celebration for reaching a few more hours with the topic still trending. He also, of course, kept up retweeting fans, fan art, and gave more insights about the show’s behind-the-scenes. 

One strength of the show… that may have also led to its cancelation, is that it’s a rare hybrid show that’s certainly watchable by children, but designed a bit more for teenagers/young adults. Its very existence is important for expanding the levels of creativity seen in the animation marketplace. The more ages that can be seen as a “target audience,” the more varied animation projects are allowed to be. That means getting to see more creativity, a wider range of characters, and executives are more likely to take a chance on high-concept untested new material.  

You would think that a show full of characters getting numbers that reach zero when they learn a lesson and complete a character development arc for what problem led them onto the train in the first place would be heavy-handed and cheesy, but it really actually isn’t. It’s done so subtly and so well that each character ends up being very relatable. It’s a show that's whimsical, funny, and in several moments downright terrifying.  

Basically, "Infinity Train" does a fantastic job of handling complex topics… without dumbing them down. It’s kind of the show’s whole thing. 

Season one had the main character’s story arc surround her dealing with her parent's divorce. Tulip had to accept the objective reality that it sucks, confront that instead of brushing past it and stop repainting memories to be falsely happy… but you know, done in a way that kids can understand. Mentioning divorce on a kids’ network at all is rare.

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There’s something magical about "Infinity Train" character development because it’s also rare to fully resolve a character arc in general without a show ends. "Infinity Train" accomplishes this by just getting new main characters.   

In short, "Infinity Train" is an extremely well-done piece of media that doesn’t come around often. It’s only fair for Owen Dennis and the crew to get the finish the show in their own way, on their terms. #FinishInfinityTrain.

Kaydee is a writer who is always looking for her next favorite show. She also loves journaling, graphic novels, and late night comedy.

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