Word.Ziggy, I'd like to add to your excellent post, focusing specifically on S/S:
1. It shows that they felt this program would serve them better. Not to mention that technically, they learned a new program, since Pink Panther was not an SP and had to be redone. As for "cheap music", skaters should be encouraged to skate to a variety of styles and music, as S/S have done in their career, and not just Serious Classical Stuff. V/T's LP isn't exactly highbrow fare and the judges don't seem to mind it.
2. You judge skaters on the elements they do, not on the elements they hoped to include. S/S did a throw 3F and did it well, so that is what should be judged, not a hypothetical 3A. Remind me again what throw V/T are doing? Oh right, it's the easier throw 3R, since they couldn't handle a throw 3F. Both pairs did 3Ts yesterday and got the same scores for them, so this hardly demonstrates V/T's great superiority, but it does demonstrate that you don't know what you're talking about. It is true that V/T have a great twist and that in this one program S/S lost levels on the death spirals. Sometimes good skaters get lower levels.
3. That's an opinion, not a fact.
4. Maxim skating around Tanya while she takes a break to set up for the second half in JCS is not great transitions. JCS is a program unworthy of skaters of V/T's caliber, it's badly constructed and doesn't showcase their ability well at all. The SP is good. But to suggest that S/S are doing less complex programs than V/T shows that you are either ignorant, have problems with your vision, are watching on a fuzzy stream, or are extremely biased in V/T's favor. Or all of the above.
You know what S/S lack? A major federation to watch their backs and ensure that they get 99% chance at gold and mistakes don't matter.