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Malcolm Reed (born September 2) is the fictional British officer on the NX-01 Enterprise, in the TV series Star Trek: Enterprise. He holds the rank of Lieutenant, and at different times is the tactical officer and Armory Officer. He is played by Dominic Keating.
Reed's great Uncle was in the British Royal Navy on Earth, but was killed in action while chief engineer of the HMS Clement (a submarine that became trapped under an ice shelf). Reed has a strong appreciation for his uncle, not only because of the heroics of this relative, but because they both share a common condition, "Aquaphobia" or the fear of drowning. Malcolm is one of the few men in his family who did not join the British Royal Navy, a fact which led to some friction with his father.
He is allergic to dust mites, oak pollen, tropical grasses, and various plant enzymes, including bromelin, found in pineapple. His parents are Stuart and Mary Reed, and he has a younger sister, Madeline Reed . He has an almost suicidal sense of self-sacrifice, and can also be consumed at times with regret over paths not followed in his love life. In one alternate timeline seen during the Xindi mission in which Enterprise becomes a generational ship unable to return to Earth, Reed dies without leaving any heirs, having been unable to find a mate.
The episode "Divergence" revealed that in 2149, then-Ensign Reed had been recruited as an operative for a mysterious offshoot of Starfleet Intelligence which in the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine would be identified as Section 31. Reed believed he had left Section 31 behind when he was posted aboard Enterprise in 2151; however, in 2154, he was reactivated as an agent during a mission to recover Dr. Phlox, who had been kidnapped by a group of Klingons trying to stop a genetically engineered virus running rampant in the Empire. Part of his mission involved sabotaging a piece of evidence that might have assisted Enterprise in tracking down the Klingons faster. For this, he was temporarily relieved of duty and incarcerated in the brig by Captain Jonathan Archer, although Archer later reinstated the officer after determining that Reed had been placed in what Archer called "an impossible situation" by his Section 31 superior.
Following the Klingon mission, Reed demanded that Harris - his contact in Section 31 - never communicate with him again. Harris, however, replied that Reed had committed himself to a cause he could never simply walk away from.
This storyline confirmed fan speculation dating back to the earliest days of the series that Reed might have been somehow involved in the formation of Section 31.
An upcoming two-part episode, "In a Mirror, Darkly", takes place in the Mirror Universe. Little is known about this version of Reed except he is a major in the MACO corps, and is the head of all MACOS on the mirror NX-01 Enterprise.
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