Here are my views from another thread. Comments in agreement and against most welcome.
Regarding the PC scores. There are 5 Components (I believe they all have the same weight) and each one has its own criteria.
1. Transitions Linking footwork and Movements
2. Skating Skills
The criteria set out for each of the above is for judges to select what they deem appropriate. They may leave out criteria for some skaters who could use certain criteria for their scores.
It's difficult to ascertain what each judge used for the criteria. So a discussion on Rachael and Alyssa is not definitive. Look at it as a consensus of opinion of the judges. No way can we see how the criteria was used for each skater. More than likely the criteria was different.