The TV show The 100 originally aired in March of 2014. The series is set in a post apocalyptic world where the earths population was erased through nuclear war. The only believed remnants of society are aboard the Ark, a space station floating above earth. The show starts out on the Ark where we learn that the life support systems are failing and the Ark only has months before it is no longer inhabitable. On this station all crimes are punishable by floating, or death. This is unless the perpetrator is under the age of 18, then they are sentenced to imprisonment until they reach the age at which they can be floated.
In the first episode we learn that the main character Clarke Griffin is imprisoned in solitary confinement. She was placed their because of fear that she would tell the members of the Ark that it was in fact dying. With the life support systems failing, the council members decide to send all 100 juvenile prisoners to the ground in order to not only extend the life support system but also to determine if the ground is in fact inhabitable. This sets up the show for the young adults to run things and figure out how to live on the ground rather than on the Ark.
The show follows the 100, or whats left of them as the show goes on, through their adventures and experiences on the ground. Eventually the 100 learn that they are not alone on the ground and in fact remnants of the human race are alive on the ground. They call them grounders and have many encounters with them both good and very bad. Through the show Clarke Griffin develops into a fascinating example of a young adult heroine.
Throughout the show we learn about life on the Ark and how their existed a clear division between people through class. Members of the council are generally placed above the members of the working class, the ones who keep the Ark running. Members of the council, as well as their family, had better living accommodations and overall better quality of living. Once the 100 reached the ground the teens past came back to fruition when deciding who will lead the group.
During the first season the two main characters fighting for the leadership of the 100 are Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake. Clarke’s mother was a member of the council and as such she had different accommodations. Bellamy on the other hand came from the working class of the Ark and wanted to lead the 100 on the ground.
Karl Marx developed a school of thought developed around the idea of a classless society in which everyone worked for the greater good and no one person was above another. Marxism examines the way through which society operates and for a believer of Marxism every thing that happens in a society is based around the economy. This concept revolves around the idea of Nobility v. Bourgeois v. Proletariat. These represent the Upper Class v. Middle Class v. Working Class. This translates very closely to the way things operated on the Ark in the show. The Ark had two main classes the council or Nobility and the working class or Proletariat. This caused a bit of resentment between members of the different classes and caused strife for the citizens of the Ark.
Once on the ground one would think that the class struggle between the working class or the members of the council would disappear. However, as a majority of the members of the 100 originated from the working class they did not want to follow Clarke because they viewed her as not worthy of their support. During the first few episodes of the first season Clarke attempts to convince the members of the 100 that they need to be rational and make decisions that will keep them alive. However they choose to follow Bellamy who just wants everyone to be free to do as they wish.
Throughout the first season the Clarke eventually works her way into the leadership position by showing the 100 that class struggle no longer needs to exists. On the ground class no longer matters, what matters is survival and working together to deal with the grounders. Clarke eventually works with Bellamy to keep order and get everyone to work towards a single goal of survival and creating a life on the ground.
In a way the first part of the show transforms a society with major class division into a form of communism, although not a complete version. Because the 100 are still lead by leaders they are not a true communistic community however they eventually learn to look past their old class placement and learn to work together towards the common good of their community as a whole. Although class is removed from their society on the ground they are still impacted by the need for survival and to obtain the materials needed for such.