You jumped right into the thick of things with this intro - I like it! The inbound vessel is ominous enough just by its description but its collision course with a populated planet in mere minutes adds to the surreal sense of inevitability. Disaster seems imminent.
Can the meager Starfleet assets nudge the vessel to a different heading? Count me as a skeptic. Still, Commander Ferris is doing her best in a situation reminiscent of the Kobayashi Maru.
Wonder how she scored on that test?