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Kate taking off her shirt

Those of you who used to read my old blog might remember the series of posts I did called “Without Their Shirts.” I thought about that today, after I found the pictures of Matthew Fox without his shirt in Rome. I thought it might be fun to redo the series here, and it would be a good chance to freshen it up with some new video clips, because so many of the clips I used before have subsequently been pulled off of YouTube.

I think that LOST combines highbrow and lowbrow impulses in a way few other TV shows do. It’s full of literary references and sophisticated character development, but also contains many action sequences and a generous sprinkling of unabashed beef- and cheesecake.

This first clip, which shows Kate taking off her shirt while standing in the ocean, is LOST at its most cheescakiest. There is no reason for this scene to exist other than to show her taking off her shirt. And at the end, she simply stands there, looking fabulous in her bra and thong — just posing for the camera.

In this next clip, Kate again takes off her shirt, but this time Sawyer is watching. This scene doesn’t feel gratuitous, the way the first clip did. It shows a key moment in Kate and Sawyer’s relationship. It is also, although only a few seconds long, one of the sexiest scenes ever shown on LOST, in my opinion:

The scene of Kate in the ocean is from the Season 1 Pilot, part 2. The scene of Sawyer and Kate in the cages is from episode 3×04, Every Man for Himself.

When did the curse against pregnant women begin?

Amy, pregnant, in 5x08 "LaFleur"

Amy, pregnant, in 5x08 "LaFleur"

Back in Season 3, in D.O.C., Juliet told Sun that every pregnant woman who had conceived on the island had died.

Amy’s pregnancy and the successful delivery of her child, in 3×08 LaFleur, raises new questions and throws some doubt on existing theories.

I see three possibilities:

1. The problem was caused in the 1950s by Jughead, the atomic bomb. If it was poorly sealed when it was buried, radiation would have leaked out into the soil. In some as-yet unknown way, this could have caused all sorts of strange things to happen, including, perhaps the time jumps — and the death of all women who conceived on the radiation-contaminated island … or …

2. It was always a problem. If the four-toed statue was really meant to be Taweret, then there must have been an ancient civilization on the island that felt the need to appeal to a goddess who protected women in labor… or …

3. The problem was recent, perhaps starting in the 1970s after the Dharma Purge. I don’t think we know yet whether or not Amy conceived on the island. The Dharma Initiative had a submarine shuttling back and forth every couple of weeks, so it’s possible she was off the island when she became pregnant. But if she did conceive on the island, then unless she was some sort of special exception, the curse against the pregnant women could not yet have come into effect.

Picture of pregnant Amy cropped and lightened from a screencap by, from 5×08 “LaFleur” (c) ABC

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