Sure, in driving the story, the standard, run of the mill, creepy kid's ghost story was used. That ghost story though existed to bring these characters to an understanding. Their experiences came from two completely different worlds and perspectives meet with unpredictable results. Not unlike when two guys meet in a chat room because they share a love for a story. Or the author and the fan finding bliss over an act of heroism. Makes for a nifty story, huh? For those who didn’t think so, especially long time viewers, I think we need to go back to the fandom thing.
Fans are passionate about their show. Their expectations are high, their notions of the way things should go sometimes large. Sure, there are also fans like Becky, who trusts the vision of the creator but something about this family drama raises passions and awareness that are unparalleled with other entertainment mediums. You know the TV shows with the highest ratings are usually the ones with the least passionate fan bases? Do you see CSI fans raising such a stink if Mendelsohn has Nick or Catherine have an intense falling out over betrayal from an addiction? No, if they didn’t like it they’d be turning the channel. So why do Supernatural fans stay rooted and raise trouble when things take the twist they don’t agree with? When characters are introduced that they don’t like? Why don’t they walk away? Because they’re too emotionally invested, that’s why. Because this show isn’t just a TV show. It’s a surrogate social network and a way of life for many.
Keep in mind that the show, despite this parody, wasn’t condemning fans. If anything, it was honoring them. I think for so many online fans who are deep rooted in negativity and raising controversy that it’s hard to see the forest through the trees. Kripke and all TPTB love the fans despite all their quirks and harsh criticisms. The fans usually respect each other too in spite of their differing opinions, especially at the cons when the barrier of online anonymity is erased. Just like Dean, sometimes it just takes just the right shift in perspective to realize that things aren’t that bad. Like going to an actual con. Like meeting average people and finding out who they are. Like finding out firsthand why they’re so drawn to the story. Like seeing everyone have their fan girl and boy moments and understanding the motivation behind them.