The reason I liked Jason is the way they played his brain damage back then. I obviously hated what he did with the Q's and Sonny, but I liked the way SBu played Jason's overall confusion, having a blank slate, some actual mental limitations and the believable coldness of his early personality as Jason M. My brain always assumed he would get his memories back and at least meld the two personalities, but it is what it is.
I don't know if I found Carly even quasi-rootable, but I did find her watchable and interesting which is more than I can say for most characters.
To be fair...DS was more "surreal" so the branches worked...and it was always a good laugh to see somone knock over a cardboard tombstone.
I do think it odd..I mean wouldn't cost more to send people out....but I also always wondered why soaps didn't do that even when they had budgets...seeing someone on a fake park bench with an obvious backdrop when you can go on the street to film that.
The "break up" of Jason and Carly -- then redirection toward Sonny and Carly -- is exactly why I wanted Sonny to walk in on Jason & Carly in the act after the latter's 2021 wedding. It would have been history in reverse and lead to all sorts of complications, especially because 2021 Carly and Jason seemed to be falling in love. Amnesia Sonny with no mob connections, or Jason breaking up CarSon would have been the opening for a Brenda comeback, if written properly.
It's crazy how much 96-00 Sonny, Jason & Carly still affects the plot directly today! Even moreso evident as Nelle was written as a parallel to Carly. I loved when Carly got her just desserts after being falsely accused of pushing Nelle down the stairs, in parallel to what happened with AJ.