From the word go, the Metallicar made a lasting impression by merely taking her place in the background, providing solid support for the three Winchesters as they watched their house burn and mourned a deep family loss. That symbol often comes up throughout the series, the car being the rock behind Sam and Dean as they weather through rough encounters.
Looking closer, the Impala so far has provided the only consistency in Sam and Dean’s lives. She was there, offering solace in “Phantom Traveler” when they wrestled with their dad’s cell phone message; in “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things” when Dean came clean about his grief over his father’s death; in “Croatoan/Hunted” when Dean finally confessed his dad’s warning about Sam; in “All Hell Breaks Loose Part I” when Dean hung onto his “baby” when overcome with the vision of Sam; in “All Hell Breaks Loose Part II” when Sam came to the devastating realization that Dean made a deal for him, and in “Malleus Maleficarum”, when a crushed Dean learned that he would turn into a demon in Hell.
Anxious brotherly moments have often played out in the Metallicar, for when it was time to air grievances, Sam and Dean knew they were among family. We saw Sam’s struggles with his guilt in “Bloody Mary”, the anxiousness of both while waiting to confront the yellow-eyed demon in “Salvation”, the promise from Dean to save Sam in “Born Under A Bad Sign” and all those fights in season three over Dean’s impending doom. There’s even the bittersweet sing along to Bon Jovi in “No Rest For The Wicked”, giving us something else for the long list of touching moments that were only shared in this private setting.
The Metallicar got to play action hero plenty of times, too. While watching the pilot, I screamed at Sam for denting such a pretty car when crashing through the house, even though that saved him. Good thing she was built like a tank. The Metallicar zoomed in at the last second to save the day many times, graced with awesome power and speed, like in “Playthings”, “Malleus Maleficarum” (twice), and even “Route 666” (providing the only redeeming performance in that episode). As a getaway vehicle there’s no comparison, carrying both Sam and Dean away in kick ass fashion at the end of “Nightshifter”, and during the escape in “Folsom Prison Blues”. The car even got a new identity, much like her owners, in “What Is and What Should Never Be”. Talk about being included in family matters.