“What made me decide to leave the corps? Shortly after the Battle of Geonosis, our troop transport got caught between two Separatist gunships. They fired at us with everything they had. We crashed. Most of us were either dead or severely injured. So when they started working their way through the wounded, killing us off, I knew there was no hope. I ran. It still haunts me.”
—Cut Lawquane, “The Deserter”
“I remember my first unit. The boys and I were deployed to Onderon to bring peace and security to a troubled world. We were on a routine patrol and ran into one of your rebel friends, a Lasat mercenary who worked for Saw Gerrera. I was lucky, knocked out by the first blast. I came to, but found I couldn’t move. And then I saw him. The Lasat calmly walk through smoke and fire to finish my unit off one by one. The injured never had a chance. Always wondered why he let me live.”
—Agent Kallus, “The Honorable Ones”
Two characters shared similar traumatic events, and while one ran away, the other stayed and became more determined. Both Cut Lawquane and Agent Kallus come from military backgrounds and swore allegiances to their government. Cut, however, was born into his job and didn’t have a choice in the matter. On the other hand, Kallus chose his profession by attending the main Academy on Coruscant, leading him to become an agent of the Intelligence Security Bureau.
When Cut’s troop transport was shot down, he not only experienced the fear of possibly dying in a crash land, but he also witnessed the deaths of his brothers as the survivors were killed off one by one. This forced him to revise and question his position in the war, and ultimately, flee from his post. When we’re introduced to Cut in “The Deserter” episode from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we discover that he’s not a coward. In fact, he’s an honorable man with a sense of responsibility toward his family.
Even the fortune cookie for this episode stated, “It is the quest for honor that makes one honorable.” Captain Rex and Cut may not have shared the same quest for honor during the war or shared the same views, but Cut is still an honorable man for creating a quest of his own, especially one that leads him to protect the lives of his wife and children.
Several years later, Agent Kallus also experienced a near-death tragedy. He and “the boys” had fallen under heavy fire by rebel forces, and like Cut, he saw the survivors of his unit being shot one by one. Unlike Cut, however, Kallus stayed with the Empire and made it his sole purpose to hunt down rebels. Kallus believes himself to be a man of honor, but the organization he works for is far from honorable. He begins to see that in “The Honorable Ones” episode from Star Wars Rebels, where Zeb advises him to question the acts of the Empire and chase the answers.
Will Kallus ultimately choose the path that Cut chose? Will his quest for honor and desire to bring peace and security lead him to desert? Or will he find a new purpose for himself within the ranks of the Empire? Fans have speculated that Kallus is the new Fulcrum, but Steven Melching wrote on Twitter, “Unless we knew people were going to do that (the way they did with [Fulcrum] 1.0) and are messing with you.”
Freddie Prinze, Jr., had a bit more to say on the Fulcrum topic in an interview with Dash Star, “It’s not just a reveal this time, there’s an actual story line on that said character, so I think people will be very compelled by it.”
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