It makes me very uncomfortable to see people shipping Pike and Scanlan so hard especially after Scanlan’s return. Pike has always been uncomfortable with his flirtations even when she rolls with it and tries to be funny. I mean, this is a woman who fought in the nude no sweat, talks about going to brothels casually; she isn’t one to be uncomfortable, and Scanlan made her so. His apologizing for objectifying and harassing her was a pivotal moment in their friendship, and to see people reducing the seriousness of Pike’s feelings of betrayal after his leaving with “omg they just need to kiss and make up!!!” disturbs me, as a woman, in ways I could probably articulate but am too tired to at the moment.
It also does Scanlan a disservice in his character growth as he moves beyond his unhealthy infatuation with Pike. Yeah, he might always going to flirt with her because that’s who he is, but it won’t be exclusive and it will be much lighter. I hope both Ashley and Pike don’t ever feel pressured into dating Scanlan for whatever reasons. I think they could be great friends, but that frankly creepy chapter of the gnomes’ lives is hopefully behind them.