Due to the extreme weather on the Eastern seaboard, a delay in the episode's release is understandable. And fans should take that kind of delay in stride.
But as a mirror operator, I'm left with a question. Note that all "time" references made below are in Pacific Standard Time.
At 6:30am yesterday, Peter Walker received the so-called "final" episode master file. And after it was uploaded to his server, he made that master file available to other mirrors at 1:40pm yesterday. I downloaded the file and began my transcodes of it into other formats. I'm certain other mirror operators did the same.
At 8:08am today, a message was sent to all mirror operators that the episode release had been put "on hold" due to post-production work (including color corrections & credits corrections) being incomplete. So, at that point, I heaved a deep sigh - deleting the incomplete master file and other files transcoded from it. And, I was just thankful I'd not wasted any time or bandwidth uploading the incomplete episode files.
The question I'm left with? Did project people know the episode was incomplete before or after it was released to mirror operators? If before, the release was mean-spirited ... knowing mirror operators would have to duplicate their work at a later date. I'd like to think that they didn't know it was incomplete until "after" it was released to mirror operators. But even if that's true, the situation reminds me of a quotation from "Cool Hand Luke," a 1967 film:
"What we've got here is (a) failure to communicate."
Intra-project communication is a skill P2 honchos need to work on in the future - big time.
P.S. This is not the first time mirror operators have had to go through this scenario. I look forward to the day (if it ever comes) when it never happens again.
J. Alec West