I'm sick of this obsession with speed (not saying with you guys, just generally). V/M have never been a slow team. There is a big difference between being slow because you lack skating skill or power, and dancing slower because that is what is dictated by the music.
First, Carmen was not slow. Second, and perhaps most importantly, Carmen had no superfluous movement. Every stroke was both a way to move across the ice and an interpretation of the music at that very instant. There was no "extra stroking" to build up speed to get into an element, no "empty strokes" to get you out of an element "and back into" the program, and no strokes that get you across the ice fast but have little relation to the music. If people want to see fast skating in between trick elements, there's an entire discipline for that -- it's called pairs.
Sorry, vent over.