The Incompetence of the Shadow Government is Shocking

When chronicling the behind-the-scenes adventures of the Shadow Government the way Inside Job does, it would be easy to assume that everyone at such an organization would be incredibly good at what they do. After all, they are responsible for maintaining some of the greatest conspiracy theories of all time. In truth, this group seems to be barely keeping things under control and it can only get worse for the crew of the Shadow Government.

Inside Job focuses on the company that keeps the conspiracy theories that everyone thinks are true as just theories. In reality, every last one of them is true and kept under wraps by the Shadow Government, who operates under the guise of a legit company called Cognito Inc. These conspiracy theories run the gamut, from the truth behind the JFK assassination to anything related to aliens. And that's the more pedestrian stuff.

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In Season 1, Episode 1, Reagan Ridley was about to make the biggest breakthrough of her career with the Shadow Government. She spent years working on ROBOTUS, a robot that was designed to replace the President of the United States. More than a robot, it was a hyper-intelligent copy of the President that could perfectly emulate and replace him. This would give the Shadow Government full control over the United States.

But this episode also set the tone for the continual failure that the Shadow Government brought to the table. ROBOTUS got free of his proverbial leash quite quickly and decided that the best way to help humanity was to nuke it out of existence. Luckily for everyone on Earth, Reagan managed to get the situation under control and stopped ROBOTUS before it could do any real damage. She ended up imprisoning the robot so she could continue her research on it.

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Situations like this come up constantly on the Shadow Government's watch. In Season 1, Episode 2, Reagan and her co-manager Brett Hand were looking to let some people go to cut costs. They settled on Grassy Noel Atkinson, the man who actually killed JFK. As part of their utter bungling of the situation, all the clones in Cognito's headquarters got loose, leading to an Akira-like monster made out of JFK clones. No one wants to deal with that.

The list of incompetent mistakes just keeps going from there. Keeping conspiracy theories out of the public eye for as long as the Shadow Government has would take a lot of organization and even more precision. This is not a line of work where people get to make this many big mistakes, yet the Shadow Government makes them constantly throughout Season 1 of the series. It's not hard to imagine that this has been an issue for this organization all along.

So far, there hasn't seemed to be much in the way of external consequences for anyone at Cognito Inc. A few people like J.R. Scheimpough, the now-former CEO of Cognito, have paid a price for their mistakes. The fact that he was caught embezzling from the company didn't help his situation, either. That being said, it only makes sense that everything will catch up with the Shadow Government sooner or later, and it won't be pretty for anyone involved, robot or otherwise.

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