The Future is Now!
Season Three, Episode 326
Screen shot 2010-10-23 at 12.21.17 AM
Air date Jan/29/2008
Written by Morgan Barnes
Directed by Kenneth Chu
Episode guide
Queen for a Day

"The Future is Now!" is the final Season 3 episode of Atomic Betty and is the series finale.


It is Betty's birthday, and Betty's family and friends are arranging a surprise birthday party. Meanwhile, after years of work, X-5 has managed to complete a working time machine. As a sign of the accomplishment, Admiral DeGill is ordered to present the time machine at the Galactic Council. However, this is a trap set by Maximus, who captures the time machine and travels into the future, with Sparky, X-5, Beatrixo, and Admiral DeGill as hostages. A downcast Betty and Noah, both having eluded capture, returns to Betty's birthday party, where a hand-me-down "re-gift" from Penelope inspires her to repair a prototype time machine (its only flaw being that it turned its occupants into gelatin) to full working order and travel to the future.

Betty and Noah arrive in the year 2013 to find a dystopic Moose Jaw. Maximus has taken control of Earth, and the Galactic Guardians have been reduced to a small pocket of resistance, consisting of the seventeen-year-old Betty, as well as Noah, Chaz, Regeena, and Penelope. After the prototype time machine is destroyed, the Galactic Guardians of the present and future launch an attack against Maximus in his Earth stronghold on Beatrixo's farm in a bid to capture the original time machine, which results in their own capture. After gloating that the four present-day hostages are scattered about the universe, the present Betty manages to trick Maximus into "repairing" his time machine (ostensibly to prevent motion sickness by its occupants), before a timely distraction by the future Penelope allows Betty and Noah to take the time machine themselves and travel back to the past.

Back in the present, Betty convinces X-5 to present the flawed prototype instead of the working model, and the others of Maximus' impending trap. The better-equipped Galactic Guardians manage to drive off Maximus, but Maximus manages to capture the prototype time machine. When he tries to use it, it predictably fails, turning him and Minimus into gelatin. Meanwhile, Betty, Noah, and Beatrixo return to the birthday party, where their secret is accidentally leaked to Penelope (on a note written by the future Penelope planted on Noah's clothing), who simply believes the galactic secret to be a fabrication.


  • For some odd reason, Jimmy is absent, despite being a Galactic Guardian and the day being Betty's birthday.
  • Rumored to be the series finale, due to Atomic Cartoons working on the sequel series Atomic Betty Redux.
  • The episode was the pilot to the planned sequel.



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