Earlier today, the titles for episodes 9-12 of Book 2 were finally released. We also received some information regarding Book 2’s episode scheduling. First off, episodes 9-12 of Book 2 are titled as followed: The Guide, A New Spiritual Age, Night of a Thousand Stars and Harmonic Convergence. Just to recap, next week’s episode is titled Peacekeepers and then we have The Sting, Beginnings – Part 1 and Beginnings Part 2. The scheduling up until The Sting will be normal, but after that, things get a bit wonky.
Nickelodeon will be airing Beginnings – Part 1 & 2 together on October 18th as a 1 hour marathon. To compensate for premiering two episodes in one day, there will be a break between Beginnings – Part 2 and The Guide, so The Guide will premiere on November 1st.
With Beginnings – Part 1 premiering early at New York Comic Con 2013, I’d say this is a good move for Nickelodeon who is clearly worried about the series’ ratings.
Assuming Beginnings – Part 1 leaks (it probably will), fans will likely tune in a watch the episode on its actual premiere anyways just because it’s a two part episode. Leaks don’t usually affect ratings too much, but with Book 2 down over 1 million viewers, Nickelodeon won’t take any chances.
Aside from defending against possible leaks, airing Beginnings – Part 1 & 2 together is sort of expected just because it’s a two part episode. Two part episodes generally air together so it was a bit curious when the initial schedule showed these two episodes premiering separately.
I wonder of these episodes will have a Halloween feel to it? ‘The Puppetmaster’ from Avatar: The Last Airbender was a genius episode, in my opinion, and I’d love to see another episode similar to that one.