Time to Remember
Amazon Pilot Season -the so-so
Mad Dogs is an ensemble piece with a great cast but a weak premise and follow through. Milo ( Where have you been, Billy Zane?) has invited his friends to stay with him in his palatial villa in Belize. He has come into his money by questionable means (evidently at one point or another he had offered his friends a chance for partnership in his enterprises, but they all turned him down.) and things seem to be closing in on him. The friends are a disparate group- Joel (Ben Chaplin with a convincing American accent) is the straight-laced one still hung up on his ex who married Cobi (Steve Zahn who has mastered this type of role) the womanizing party man-child. There's Gus (Romany Malco in a rare dramatic turn) as the divorced Dad , and Lex (Michael Imperioli looking ever so seedy) who is in recovery and still atoning for his past.
Milo seems to know that his clock is ticking and has brought his friends together for a last hurrah of sorts. He tells them that he has left them all the villa, but his murky reasoning for bringing them back together after they have all gone their separate ways in life is far from altruistic: he takes them on a joyride in an enemy's boat only to abandon it in the middle of nowhere, making them complicit in the crime. Things go south from there.
The first half of the pilot is a rambling affair- lots of bro's partying and arguing. I could never fathom why they liked each other, or why they would do whatever their moody host demanded besides the fact he was rich. None of the characters were particularly likeable. The last 10 minutes were shocking and intense, but I found little that would make me want to follow the story in further episodes.
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