About Rand Ridley
To everyone who watched Inside Job, do you also feel like there's A LOT hidden secrets about Rand Ridley?
Not only we don't have MUCH information about how or why exactly he left Cognito Inc., but also he seems to just,,, not care?
I mean, of course he has the biggest percentage of share in the company, he blackmails JR etc...
However, in the final episode he LITERALLY CALLS REAGAN
'Daddy's Insurance Policy'
He doesn't even consider her as another human being, rather than a... thing that will have a bigger use in the future.
There's a huge chance that this means Reagan having a high ranked job at the company will secure him but... I don't know, something about his behavior just, doesn't add up?
I personally believe that there will be more BIG reveals about him (his past, how he joined/opened the company, maybe?) and that he has a lot of secrets.
I won't even be surprised at this point that if there will be a 'big bad' at the end, it will somehow be him, and the show will end with Reagan finally overcoming her father, her past and the abuse within.
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THIS POST HAS A FEW MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUT THE ANIMATED SHOW “INSIDE JOB” ON NETFLIX. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Once again, we have a binge worthy adult-animation show in the form of “inside job”
I love that they put the show’s name in all lowercase letters, seeing that it’s about conspiracy theories and how obvious things are sometimes hidden in the most obvious way.
Then there’s the company’s name Cognito Inc. which is shown in the series from having been rearranged from the word Incognito, a homage to hiding things in an obvious manner.
Then there’s our protagonist Reagan Ridley, whose last name was presumably derived from “riddles” seeing that she is the leader of the main task force of a Deep State company.
As for her first name, I assume that it has something to do with its “royalty” connotation, because she’s the daughter of one of the founders of Cognito Inc., but there might be more (or less) to it. I’m guessing the show runners might at some point reveal that Reagan is some sort of royalty in the eyes of the Shadow Board? But then again, this is all speculation.
Then we have Brett Hand, whose last name is probably a pointer towards the fact that he’s Reagan’s right-hand man, and also seeks to be everyone’s right-hand man, because of his overwhelming desire to be liked. As for his first name, it could be some sort of inside joke for the creator, Shion Takeuchi. Maybe it’s along the lines of viewing the name “Brett” as generic, or symbolic of “that frat guy”? I may be reaching here, but then again, the entire show’s about reaching.
Then there’s Myc, and really, the spelling of the name makes me instantly think of mucous for some reason. He does secrete a fluid used for the company’s memory-erasers, but that’s kind of a long shot, even for this post. His name might be derivative of “mic” since he can feel what everyone is thinking, synonymous with saying what everyone is thinking; his character is obnoxiously blunt to a fault. He’s from something called the hollow earth (surprise, surprise, the earth’s hollow), and is essentially an immigrant on the earth’s surface. This might be a clever, not so veiled metaphor of how immigrants are often seen as “aliens”, even though Myc isn’t an extra-terrestrial creature. The name Magic Myc is also an obvious reference to magic mushrooms (his body/the fluid he secretes does have an effect on humans)
There might be much more to Myc’s story arc and his people, since the show is called “inside job”, and though the first season doesn’t explicitly reveal the overall plot line of the series, there are mentions throughout about how dangerous the creatures of the hollow earth are to the surface people. This again could be a metaphor of how the “Deep” State, and knowing too much in general, can be dangerous for civilians and their “ordinary” lives. Myc’s name could also be a reference to the name “Mike”, and I’m guessing this may again be an inside joke amongst the people working on the show.
Now we have Gigi Thompson, and there really isn’t much to speculate behind her name; she’s the head of PR and Media Manipulation, and her name is probably a metaphor for how things behind the surface/not on the forefront get lost in the media, and that most people don’t really pay attention to it. There’s a reference to this in the first episode itself, where there are crisis headlines running in the bottom of the news channel while one of POTUS’ speeches.
The name is also fitting, since the first name is possibly an abbreviated version of Gigi’s real name, and that the moniker Gigi is part of the identity she’s created for herself, as would befit a PR and Media Manipulation head. Another reference to the metaphor behind her name is made in a later episode, where she’s outraged that no one knows her last name, pointing towards how people don’t bother to know much beyond what is portrayed in an outlandish/unusual fashion in the forefront, which is an important part of cover-ups. Without people not bothering to cross-check their facts, and their gullibility, there would be no scope for the Deep State. This can also serve as a hit towards social media.
Then there’s Glenn Dolphman, and I’m guessing his name implies that to a certain extent, what you see really is what you get- Glenn is a human-dolphin hybrid, with predominant dolphin features, like a “blow-hole” on his head. The fact that he’s a weapon fanatic, and a staunch patriot is probably the reason why his first name is Glenn (another inside joke, or maybe it’s mainly a baby boomer name?)
Now we have Andre, and to be honest, I really have no name analysis for this one. Maybe Dr. Andre is some kind of obscure American pop culture reference that I don’t understand because, well, I’m not American. He’s a scientist (who never went to med school) and heads the (essentially) bio-terrorism department. He’s also Korean, and was raised by orthodox Christians (as far as I remember, please feel free to correct me). His character is probably a gold mine of metaphors and implications, but I’m in a reference blindspot here, so I can’t really identify them beyond the observation that he’s from an orthodox family and is a doctor, but never really went to med school, and that’s a hit on the “Asians are engineers or doctors” stereotype.
We have JR Scheimpough, and his name is possibly a variation of “scheme” because of the way it’s spelled, but the entirety of his last name tells us that he’s not actually a scheming genius, and is very silly. Maybe it’s a variation of “puff” as well? I’m running out of juice now. I don’t think his full name is ever revealed in the first season, but the initials themselves might be a reference.
Finally, we have Rand Ridley, and his first name might be a variation of “randy” (watch the show and you’ll know what I mean). Randy dandy Rand Ridley. He’s a master manipulator who had a meltdown, tried to blow up? the sun, and was fired from the company, but still holds shares in Cognito Inc. I have a theory that he orchestrated his meltdown to remove JR from the company and completely take over (spoiler), but as of now, it’s not clear whether this is in fact the case. He’s a pretty questionable character, and I started to like him but then, the season finale happened (again, spoiler).
We also have the Shadow Board, which is an ancient cabal that controls the world through the help of Cognito Inc. It’s pretty culty in how and why it makes its major decisions, there’s a lot of supernatural stuff involved in their major decisions too (hint hint, season finale).
There’s stuff that still confounds me (besides Dr Andre and Rand), like their usage of the show name within the show. In episode 2, while Reagan and Brett are going to the Clone Lab, someone is doing underground maintenance in a hallway leading up to the clone lab, and the hazard sign (yes, it’s a hazard sign) says “caution, inside job”. Beyond the metaphors that we’ve already discussed, this may be a subtle reference to the role of hollow earth in the overall plot line of the show, or maybe a secret within Cognito Inc. that has not been revealed yet. The company building has various sub-levels, so I could be grasping at straws, but animated series usually make use of the show’s name within the show’s universe itself as an Easter egg/hint of sorts. Maybe it was just a gag and I’ve become much too paranoid after watching show. I don’t have the still for this, so go watch the show.
This was just a basic overview of the show, and I might do episode by episode analyses because it’s a banger of a show.
The show also have a website called cognitocareers.com and honestly, it’s a brilliant publicity move, because besides the show’s fans, anyone who will come across the website who doesn’t know about the show will be genuinely shell-shocked (check it out to find out what I’m talking about).
I’ve been editing this post and I’ve just realised that the co-founders’ names are RR and JR. This could be some sort of reference to past American politics or American pop-culture (I’m thinking Ronald Reagan). Maybe JR indirectly stands for juniour? Feel free to help me out here.
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