Is it safe to skip ME2?
I just finished ME1 and I started ME2. It might seem stupid, but not being able to recruit Kaidan, Liara and Wrex just killed most of my motivation to play this. I don't like any of the new people.
Reading the synopsis makes it seem like it's not that important to the story.
Is ME2 vital in order to play ME3? Would I be missing much?