I had written a big long reply about how I wanted to like the free dances a lot more than I actually did, but then I lost the entire thing!
So the highlights:
I/K - have star quality. I can see what all the fuss is about. They need to be careful they don't become just another cookie cutter Russian ice dance duo.
Shibutanis: I thought their FD was rather old-fashioned looking and didn't love it.
W/P: another program to an overwrought musical seemed stale. Give me something out of the box that shows why they are different than other teams.
D/W: I wanted desperately to love the programs but didn't. I thought the SD was dull. They did not maintain the intensity needed for the tango throughout the dance and it lacked sensuality between the partners. I agreed with CBC commentator Kurt Browning that Charlie's mop of curls did not look tango-ish. He needed to slick it back. This dance may be better as the season progresses because there is a lot of good choreography in it. This early, though, they are clearly thinking through it, and it really hurts the performance aspect.