Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I put it to you that Bonekickers is not guilty of the crime of being rubbish but was actually quite good.
It would be foolish to pretend that the pilot didn’t present plenty of evidence for the prosecution. The teaser was too on-the-nose and rather than attract me, it repelled me. The characterisation went from dodgy (Dolly) to non-existent (almost everyone else). But as most critics acknowledged it was watchable despite the flaws. That was perhaps the weakest episode of the series and it got better each week, with more character layers.
I was looking forward to
OK, that’s not always necessarily a good thing but Pharoah and Graham deserve some kudos for trying something other than cops and docs.
One complaint was about how preposterous the show was as a concept and the bonkers stories. Normally I’m first in the queue to complain about such things but it mostly held together for me and made sense. I don’t feel the show demanded too much suspension of disbelief, although more depth to the characterisations would have helped carry viewers through.
I acknowledge that the characters were perhaps exposed to more national and international danger than most university archaeology departments but you might as well complain about the Midsomer murder rate.
Bonekickers required more thinking about than, for instance, an Ashes to Ashes episode. It’s one thing choosing and researching the historical events you want to write about but quite another to weave a plausible action-packed story around that.
Foolishly, during the last episode I found myself googling made up bollocks I thought was true. But I actually liked them mixing up stuff I know is true and stuff I wasn't so sure about.
Bonekickers might not have been a heavyweight classic but there's nothing wrong with lightweight enjoyable entertainment - if it's well-written enough.
Therefore I urge you, the jury, to vote the show not guilty of being rubbish.First 10 Minutes
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