^No, you're missing my point. The production number doesn't necessarily represent the intended story or broadcast order. There are plenty of cases where the episode numbered 101 is not intended to be the first story. Those are merely internal codes for organizational purposes and don't reflect the intended story order. And it's obvious from watching this episode, and from the other clips that we've seen, that this was not meant to be the first installment in the storyline.
And I don't think it was a question of Saban's decision-making. I gathered from comments above that it was Nickelodeon's decision to skip the real premiere, and that makes sense, since it's often the network that dictates broadcast order (for instance, it was FOX that decided not to air the real pilot of Firefly
until after they'd already cancelled the show).