I agree with much of this. I do think that Christopher Dean has done a few innovative things between the end of his skating career and now. For example, the House of Flying Daggers FD for Pratt and Gilles. But I also feel that his choreography for competitive programs have been largely tiresome and negligible. The rules and time have changed. Ice dance has changed. He hasn't kept up. Many of his fans (including Carol Lane, I presume) still hold him in very high esteem but I don't. On the other hand, it might be a bit of exaggeration to say he is "more repetitive than anyone" (Morozov would at least be in the run for that title), but Dean simply has not done very much work for competitive skaters. Whether he would be more or less repetitive if he had choreographed more competitive programs, no one knows. I actually kind of like Gilles/Poirier's new FD, as far away and blurry as it is. I like the music and some of the choreography. It looks a bit slow and more blade-on-ice content would be nice. Still, it is early and they can improve. Is Crone's skating skill better than Piper Gilles'? Yes, I think so. But Poirier is no longer skating with Crone. Whatever the reason for their split, it's over. What Piper and Paul can do now is only work hard and get better.