YMMV / Bonekickers

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • As Diamanda Hagan put it, Dolly Parton is meant to be charming and roguish, but comes off as a middle-aged, alcoholic potential rapist.
    • She also notes that Viv acts like she has two personalities - one with an IQ of 60 and the other with an IQ of 140.
  • Critical Research Failure: The first episode villain's whole plan is to annoy Muslims into starting a religious war by revealing physical evidence that Jesus was a historical figure. Apparently nobody involved realized that Islam already believes he existed; they just believe different things about him.
    • At the begining of "Cradle of Civilization" Magwilde outright states that the ancient Celts made nothing of any historical importance; for an archeologist, she's remarkably ignorant of Skara Brae, an island off the coast of Scotland that contains the oldest intact human habitation in recorded history.
    • Another episode revolved around the discovery of a ship that delivered slaves to England... about a decade after slavery was ended in England.
  • Designated Hero: Magwilde is petulant, temperamental, self-righteous, incompetent, borderline insane and has a worryingly dismissive attitude towards the artifacts she finds.
  • Ham and Cheese: Hugh Bonnevile left no scenery unchewed as Dolly.
  • Jerk Sue: Magwilde. She treats everyone on her team like dirt, is openly dismissive (and ignorant!) of much of the history she claims to cultivate, violates the scientific method every episode and is always right.
  • Narm: Where to start?
  • Shocking Swerve: There's quite a few in the show, but the crowning one is at the very end of the series, and strangely, it's an inversion of a typical plot twist. OK, putting aside everything else, Magwilde has been chasing a sword forged centuries ago from meteorite metal, a sword that an Ancient Conspiracy has gone to a lot of trouble to find and Alfred, Lord Tennyson went to a lot of trouble to hide. On being found, the sword is clearly glowing underwater and hasn't degraded despite being underwater for decades. The Villain of the Week grabs the sword - and it's revealed that it's 'just a sword'. No, seriously. And to top it off, it's implied that the villain was some sort of ghost, which makes the reveal that there's nothing special about the sword even more ridiculous.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The British press treated the series with, at first, Bile Fascination, but later decided it was a So Bad, It's Good Guilty Pleasure. The show was immensely popular with real archaeologists for its factually absurd details like cleaning ancient bones with metal tools and standing on the edges of trenches, ludicrous ignorance of history (such as treating it as a history-book rewriting mystery when hearing the skeleton of an English Crusader was found carrying a Saracen coin, which is easily explicable based on knowing anything about The Crusades at all) and for Dr Magwilde, the leader of the team who knows nothing about history, appreciates it mainly based on who was creating the biggest buildings (calling Stonehenge a 'rockery'), and routinely throws away and breaks historical artifacts.