For now, I’ll time my return to the Russian Nationals.
this line from Victor actually provides us with a huge clue as to the content of the second season! this might be obvious to a lot of people, but for anyone who, like myself, is still an amateur fan of figure skating…
in the first season, we went through the first half of a figure skating season, which culminates in the Grand Prix Final (in the real world, this took place December 8 - 11). the second half of the figure skating season consists of, along with several smaller exhibitions/competitions:
European Championship, this season taking place January 25 - 29
Otabek, Chris, Mickey, Emil, and Georgi would be competing here
Four Continents Championship, this season taking place February 14 - 19
Yuri, Phichit, Guang-Hong, Seung Gil, Leo, Otabek (whoops, i had him in the wrong competition), and JJ would be competing here
which culminates in the World Championship (again, irl, March 29 - April 2), the most important competition in figure skating, excepting the Olympics.
now, each country essentially has their own National Championship, and they kind of straddle the first and second half the season, as some countries actually have theirs before the GPF, or right after. you can see the whole schedule here for this season, but the important point is that, this season, we have:
Russian Nationals - December 22 - 24
Japanese Nationals - December 22 - 25
last season, these took place 23 - 27 and the 24 - 27, respectively, which means that
a) the Russian and Japanese Nationals basically overlap
b) they take place only a couple of weeks after the GPF
which means that… even Victor can’t possibly mean that in the next couple of weeks, he plans to throw together a few programs and get back to competing. Victor is planning on returning to competition NEXT SEASON, which is GREAT! why? because… if s2 picked up the rest of yuri’s current season, we’d be seeing the same programs over again. but, we’re not doing that!!! we’re getting a NEW season of skating, which means ALL NEW PROGRAMS, possibly NEW CHARACTERS, and we’ll most likely be starting from the Russian and Japanese Nationals. ie, s1 covers the first half of a figure skating season, s2 covers the second half, but they are consecutive seasons.
why would victor choose to start at nationals and forego the grand prix series? i’m not an expert, but reading up on it… the Grand Prix series is an invitational event, and you get selected by two methods: you are seeded because of your last season’s ranking, or because you were invited by the host of an event, that is… the Rostelecom Cup might invite Victor to skate, even if he skipped the previous season, because it’s in Russia and he’s Russian. but, i think the invitations are restricted to a country’s own skaters, so… without a ranking in the previous season, since he skipped it, he would only be able to participate in one Grand Prix series event, and wouldn’t be able to qualify for the final. i think. otherwise, he could just be thinking that… juggling coaching and prepping himself, he needs that much time. (and, yes, victor WAS hoping yuri wouldn’t be retiring and he’d be doing both… hence why he said, Even I’m worried about making a full comeback if I’m also staying on as your coach. but anyway.)
(randomly, the next figure skating season in the real world will also be an Olympic season… but it’s doubtful that they’ll include the Olympics, because the IOC can be real bitches about licensing…)
HEY YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS AWESOME ABOUT THIS?????? guess who almost certainly will have a larger role in s2, then???
THIS CHICKEN NUGGET.
see, the four continents and the world’s aren’t like the GPF… EVERY country that participates gets to send a certain number of skaters there, and some might not progress to the free program, but they are WAY more than 6 skaters. the number of skaters who go for each country depend on the country’s ranking, etc, i think 3 is a maximum but don’t quote me on that, but if minami does well enough at nationals NEXT season, when he’s 18, he’ll be able to go with yuri to both the four continents and world’s! (in both of those, they’ll have much more separation in the skaters, like there are many different groups of skaters, with the top skaters in the final group who go last… think about ep 1 when minako was watching the world’s basically all day, even though that guy wanted to watch soccer/football…)
BUT YEAH. NEW PROGRAMS. NEW COSTUMES. NEW CHARACTERS. POSSIBLY SOME OF OUR BOYS MIGHT BE RETIRING (CHRIS AND GEORGI, SPECIFICALLY). BIGGER COMPETITIONS. ENDING WITH A WORLD CHAMPION!!!
oh, and it might be obvious by now, but… if victor is starting at nationals, that means he and yuri won’t be competing AGAINST each other until they get to World’s. that means that… firstly, their nationals would overlap, so we’d basically be seeing those at the same time, and they’d be separated. then, there would be European Championships, with yuri cheering on victor… four continents, with victor coaching and cheering on yuri… and then world’s… where they’ll have to figure out their dynamics when they’re competing for the first time since they got together. (randomly, if the season starts with nationals, then we won’t see yurio and otabek compete against each other until world’s, either). that’s the same number of competitions (as long as you count “nationals” as one, which we should, assuming we’d only be ‘seeing’ russia’s and japan’s, which is likely) as s1, but maybe… either LESS time beforehand on training etc, giving more time to each competition, or maybe seeing the training as flashbacks or something.
WHO KNOWS, THIS SHOW IS ALWAYS SURPRISING US, BUT.
s1 covered the first half the skating season, and took place… basically when the first half of the skating season takes place, so the grand prix final on the show and the grand prix final in real life were at almost the same time. (actually, they started together).
s2 could have the same thing going on, if s2 begins in winter of 2018. that would be a whole year to wait, but… the timing sounds right. (ignoring, basically, how the olympics would be occurring irl and not on the show, most likely, but…)