Spoilers will be talked about below, so please be sure to watch the latest episode before reading on! This review is based off of the dub version of Super that currently airs on Toonami.
With Episode 128, it was more of a what happens between two points. The transitional episode if you will. That’s not to say that nothing major happened in the episode but it was obvious from the get-go that we won’t get a climatic fight compared to how Episode 127 wrapped up and what Episode 129 seems to be heading towards. So what happened exactly? Well you’ve come to the right place!
This episode is technically split into two haves by the commercial break that happens seven minutes in. The first half is all about Vegeta as he puts up a one sided fight that’s totally in Jiren’s favor. All of Vegeta’s punches are doing absolutely nothing and every hit from Jiren is basically like getting hit by a freight train. The only thing keeping Vegeta going is the fact that he made a promise to Cabba and the rest of the Universe 6 to bring them back, and that of his own family on Universe 7. Still this isn’t enough and he’s eliminated by Jiren after a failed Final Flash attack. It’s in Vegeta’s fall out of the ring that he fires a healing ki blast at Goku.
Now on Goku’s half of the episode, Vegeta’s energy is just enough to get him back on his feet and turn Super Saiyan Blue. Goku brings the fight to Jiren with this, and is holding is own. But still it’s nothing to Jiren and he smacks Goku away, de-powering him in the process once again. Here Jiren begins to pummel Goku, slowly pushing off the stage. Defeat is surely coming to Universe 7, as everyone else in the stands already accepts their soon-to-be erasure from the Omni-kings. However, just as Jiren is about to land the knockout blow, Goku thinks back to everyone from Universe 7 and once again breaks through his limits! He achieves Ultra Instinct once again, and dodges Jirens punch, delivering a punch of his own that stuns the powerful Pride Trooper! The episode then ends suddenly with Goku in his Ultra Instinct form staring off against Jiren as we’re told by the narrator that only 2 more minutes remain in the Tournament of Power.
So as you can see, Episode 128 was just a stop-gap, filling in all the two biggest details that will come into play in next week’s episode. Vegeta eliminated and not able to help out Goku and Goku’s Ultra Instinct form giving him the fighting chance against Jiren. However what wasn’t mentioned at all is the whereabouts of Frieza and what happened to him after the gigantic ki bomb that Jiren launch at everyone in Episode 127 that lead to 17’s sacrifice. We’ll most likely find out about this in Episode 129.