In the not too distant future the Earth's corporation giants and surviving governments decide the cleansing of the overpopulated planet is a necessity. In collusion advertising campaigns draw in the desperate, the fanatic and the soldier for the first colonization of an extraterrestrial body. The ships were quickly filled with volunteers, willing . . . or not.
At the end of a long journey, the few military leaders observed the disaster that spun below them. Cold, bombarded and fading, their new home was clearly less than advertised. So the scientist went to work to speed up the process toward occupying the planet. Years later as the ships' occupants disembarked, hungry eyes looked on.
If you like:
The Outpost, Xena: Warrior Princess, and the Emergence