It’s no secret that the Sherlock fandom has been a little stir-crazy. After all, if you’d spent two years waiting for the next three episodes in your beloved show, you’d be desperate to watch it, too, even in countries that don’t get the BBC One network channel where series 3 finally premieres today.

Earlier today, fans started pouring into a certain online streaming site hours before the show’s air time of 9pm GMT.  

PeterCapaldi12th: So this is what two years does to Fan Girls, fascinating...

When the Sherlockians arrived on the site, they discovered that the BBC was showing that perennial holiday classic, The Sound of Music. As the three-hour movie continued, hundreds of fans filled the chatroom.

Astudyofscarlett:  i've never watched this movie before tbh!

forg0ttensoul: WHAT MOVIE EVEN IS THIS

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By the time the Von Trapps were climbing all the mountains, over 900 people were glued to the stream—turning the room into an accidental viewing party—four hours before fans found out how Sherlock survived his famous third-story fall in the last series finale:

Lindril: THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF FALLING

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It was a surreal experience, watching people react to an iconic film that shares no striking similarities to Sherlock. It was like an entire fan convention was compressed into a ‘90s AOL chatroom.

Dawnofdeduction: I bet the people who own this websiet are lke "What the hell are all these people doing here"

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So what happens when you get hundreds of Internet denizens together to watch Julie Andrews sing her way through Nazi political agendas?  Hilarity.

Astudyofscarlett: julie andrews is such a beautiful woman oh dear

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On the subject of tea, a drink with jam and bread:

Anon5653: MUCH JAM VERY BREAD

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sherlockian: jam did somebody say JAM?!

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Eidel: what?  

ActualSherlock: w sounds like v

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Lots of the fans had either never seen the movie or had never made it to the ending. They were in for a shock:

JohnWatson: I'm not tearing up I just have some music in my eye

StudyinScarlet: I DON'T WANT MARIA TO DIE!

Jawn2:  THEY ESCAPED

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But then....

Anon5653: OH *IT'S THE BOYFRIEND

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And, of course, when the nuns saved the day:

Anon5653: LOL THEY ARE BADASSES

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All the while, fans were networking as only fans can.

JohnWatson: guys, I'm a five away from my goal, could some of you lobely people follow me?! lame-unheroic-superhero.tumblr.com

LokiOfAsgard: If you guys want more feels before Sherlock comes on I wrote a Sally and Anderson BrOTP fic on my blog.

The chatroom was nearly giddy with excitement:

eatingtherude: FPUR HOURS TO GO

MiaHolmes:  OH MY GOD I CAN'T HANDLE ALL THIS FEELINGS AN I WILL CRY EVEN LISTENING TO THE OPENING MUSIC

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Occasionally, there were infiltrators to the party, but they were quickly dealt with:

THEGAMESBACKON: hAS ANYONE ELSE GOT A CRAPPY MOVIE ON?

carlos: SOUND OF MUSIC IS NOT CRAPPY

Joyinthetardis:  YOU TAKE THAT BACK

eatingtherude: THIS MOVIE IS MY LIFE

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Because obviously, even though they were all there for Sherlock, everyone knew who really ruled the chat:

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sherlockthedoors: Are we all just going to sit and watch Kung Fu Panda while we wait for 4 hours?

We left them in order to find our own community of Sherlock fans before the big premiere. But we’ll be back in in the chatroom together, waiting for the moment when, after two long years, we finally get the return of a few of our favorite things...

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