Brook's scene was absolutely incredible. I also liked how they better explained how he got around Smoothie and into the room. I mean, it IS Smoothie lol, but the whole scene flowed a lot smoother thanks to that explanation.
As for the other scenes, they were pretty well directed and functioned as they should have…but yeah, the animators missed the intent there. While I love them to death for actually fully telling Chopper and Carrot's story and not just picking up here after a dozen episodes like the manga did, they missed the whole counterattack being so quick and strategic. Chopper and Carrot are just standing around doing whatever they want instead of quickly executing a plan to perfection and that makes things pretty boring. Their counterattack in the manga was a mixed bag but at least it happened all at once like it should have. And as for the Pudding scene...yeah. What happens afterward in that scene makes it one of the arc's best scenes (though with the help of a little context later) and it's another thing that can't be split between two episodes. Sanji picking flowers would actually have been an amazing contrast (once we get the full context later) if Pudding's scene had actually panned out to its stinger, but it just ended up...being there.
Toei has done an amazing job with this arc while still keeping their normal pacing, so there's no need to overreact when they don't handle two scenes the way Oda intended...it's unfortunate, but luckily has proven to be the exception rather than the norm so far.