The time that Ally and Danny were interesting was when they were on Loving and she framed him for raping her because she blamed him for Casey's death. The story was gross, but both characters were jagged edges and compelling to watch. Once she was lumbered with Tony and Danny was thrown all around the ill-defined City canvas (didn't he spend a lot of time pimping himself out to Sydney Chase?), there wasn't much reason to care.
I think it may have been Benard, Guza, Frons or some combination. Either way they iced him. I think Lorenzo started out very strong and then they turned him deliberately into the goat for emasculating story, like Jax or Nikolas. I always thought LW and TK had very hot chemistry on Loving/TC.
I think the Sarah of today could play off of him well (and still bring the true, raw Carly into the mix, and fuse both sides together organically). Back then, no.
Wasn't MB who made it clear Ted King couldn't be frontburner again? I don't think either Alcazar brothers were that well developed. I kind of like the crazier Luis tbh. It does seem like the obvious route to put LW/TK back together on a new soap, but I don't remember them having much chemistry on The City.
I have always really enjoyed CarJax and I know I have said I think TB/IR had chemistry when they worked at that Club together. I don't think SJB and IR had enough scenes to even evaluate chemistry, but her Carly does feel much more raw and too gritty for Jax. Jax tends to prefer damsels in distress and that is not how I would ever describe SJB's Carly.
I liked Jax's role with Carly and her kids and it made so much sense for both characters. I would be 100% fine if CarJax were endgame because I think that's LW's best pairing and the show is just treading water with her and Sonny.
If Ryan's Hope had been more of a mystery-based soap then there may have been more story opportunities for two crime reporters like Jack and Mary, but that wasn't Labine/Mayer's forte.
But, she couldn't move away given that Jack's bonding with baby Ryan was such a huge story point for the character that he never would have let them move to another city without him. Some might say that Baby Ryan was the titular force of Ryan's Hope, so she and her mother couldn't leave.
Mary was related to most of the other leading men and nobody needed more sisterly romantic triangles after Jill and Faith.
They certainly chem-tested Jack and Siobhan, but I found their fraternal relationship to be refreshing, and I enjoyed many of Jack's other romances like Leigh. Also, Joe and Siobhan had sizzling chemistry.
Also, I would argue that killing Mary let the audience know that the stakes were high when dealing with the New York city mob because they were willing to take out a major character. If the mob only killed day players, their threat to the livelihoods of those in Riverside would not have seemed so real.