We are indeed in an era of very exciting Men figure skating and it's just beginning, with so many young phenoms to still join the Senior rank. I really think Patrick set the bar and show how a program could combine quads and intricate choreography and there is no going back. It is just a normal standard now for the young ones.
The competition is exciting. What is the point if an excellent skater just gives up because there is someone seemingly unbeatable just in front of him? What is the fun if someone really is unbeatable and stop striving to improve? The skaters themselves know one another and never underestimate the best ones. Last season, despite Patrick's multiple falls in the first two competitions, all the contenders considered him the one to beat. Patrick, on his part, despite Daisuke's having one of his bad seasons, considered him the main competitor and used him to push himself for the World Championships. These champions are skaters' skaters and earned their respect.
Vive the competition and all the rivalries!