Re: J.J. admits keeping Khan's identity a secret was a mistake
How would John Harrison (before writers changed him into Khan) have been another rip-off?
Before the writers changed him, it may not have been.
But that meme is a suggestion to people who say that it could have been one of Khan's followers. And all I wonder about that is why? Why not just use Khan? No one really gives a shit about Joachim or any of Khan's underlings. If you're gonna do a genetically engineered human, then make it Khan.
But if they didn't go with Khan, it's hard to say because the story would have likely been very different. A lot of the Khan-type stuff might not have been in there, although I'm sure there still would have been comparisons.
Take Khan out. Take genetic engineering out. Harrison is just a starfleet bad guy. Fandom would proceed to complain about the Insurrection ripoff.
"Sure she'll wait and hope and pray
For her love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry"