Under the cut so people can avoid hating me! (this is about “they were never in fact homeless” and how much I hate that line)
“They were never, in fact, homeless” has always unsettled me. If they’d grown up in, say, an RV, I might buy that they weren’t actually homeless. But while the Impala is more than just a car and provided some of the comfort and familiarity usually associated with a home, not having their own beds? Not having a fridge to save a leftover tuna sandwich for tomorrow? Calling the Impala a home doesn’t magically erase those realities of homelessness. The reason it “never occurred to them” that “they were never in fact homeless” is because they were!
Chuck’s 5x22 voiceovers all lead up to this one: “Up against good, evil, angels, devils, destiny, and God himself, they made their own choice. They chose family. And, well… isn’t that kinda the whole point?” It’s ultimately all about them forging their own path between the extremes others seek to impose on them. So while I’m personally a relatively generous viewer, and willing to interpret most of the monologue as basically saying “amidst the crap of the overall situation, they chased after and grabbed hold of every bit of silver lining they could,” it would have been more honest and more poetically fitting to focus less on the bits of good, and more on the overarching tension. E.g. “they once drove 1,000 miles for an Ozzy show, but missed a Jayhawks game they’d been looking forward to all week cause they stopped on the way to save a town from a monster infestation.” Up against a deluge of crap-sack factors outside of their control, they strove to pursue whatever bits of freedom and happiness they could have. And, well, isn’t that kinda the whole point, too?